Steady State Economy

Project team: Dr Haydn Washington, Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf, Dr Paul Twomey, Dr Anna Schlunke, Prof. Gary Luck, NSW Chapter of the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy (CASSE), the Institute of Land Water and Society, Charles Sturt University. , xxx Register NOW xxx

Does our economy always have to grow? Neither of the renowned economists Adam Smith or John Stuart Mill thought that the economy had to keep growing forever. Since the 1970s scholars such as Prof. Herman Daly have enlarged on the idea of a 'steady state' economy where neither our population nor our resource use keeps on growing. This accepts that the world has limits. Hence we in Australia don’t have to remain addicted to growth. Conference Proceedings HERE: http://www.ies.unsw.edu.au/node/286

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2014 Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment
Addicted to Growth? How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia
Oct 2-3 Tyree Room, Scientia Building, UNSW

SEE  Conference Proceeding HERE

Novelist Edward Abbey once noted that 'Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell'. Our economy is meant to be a ‘servant of society’, not its master, yet is this true today? On a finite planet nothing physical can keep on growing forever - yet that is the ideology of the ‘endless growth’ neoclassical economics that now dominates the thinking of most governments and business. This has led to a rapidly worsening environmental crisis that degrades the nature on which we all depend. We cannot keep avoiding talking about this issue – hence the need for such a conference.

The 2014 Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment Addicted to Growth? How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia,  will explore the vision and process for moving towards a steady state economy, where neither our population nor our use of energy, materials and land keeps on growing. We hope you will join us to discuss this key driver behind the environmental crisis.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr Brian Czech from the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy in Washington.
Local speakers will include Dr Richard Denniss from the Australia Institute, Dr Carmen Lawrence from the University of Western Australia, Prof.  Robert Costanza and Prof. Steve Dovers from ANU, Prof Ian Lowe from Griffith University, Dr Graham Turner from Melbourne University, 
A/Prof Mark Diesendorf from UNSW and Dick Smith, businessman and author of ‘Australia’s Population Crisis’.
International speakers joining us on video will include Prof Herman Daly (father of the term ‘steady state’ economy), Prof. Peter Victor, author of ‘Managing Without Growth’, Erik Assadourian from the Worldwatch Institute, Graeme Maxton from the Club of Rome, and Prof. Richard Wilkinson, author of ‘The Spirit Level’. We hope you can join us!

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SEE CONFERENCE PROGRAM HERE

To listen to some preliminary discussion on the Steady State Economy
LISTEN to the speakers at the Hooked on Growth event  22nd March Sydney 2014