No growth climate

Readers' Views No 298, Q1 2014
OECD Observer

Climate change is a result of humanity's overuse of resources. Technology cannot undo the damage done, neither can governments nor markets, since in both the prevailing paradigm is growth–being a truly suicidal ideology on a finite planet. 

Behaviourial change must start with the people in power, but these are immune to scientific reasoning on the one hand and unshakable believers in hope, optimism and technology on the other hand.

—Helmut Lubbers, commenting on OECDInsights.org


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