3rd International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity

Event Date: 
September 20, 2012 - 5:15pm
Location: 
Venice, Italy

On Thursday, September 20, Erik Assadourian will speak at the 3rd International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Venice, Italy. He will join the afternoon plenary session, where he will join Friedrich Hinterberger of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), Luca Mercalli of the Italian Meteorlogical Society, and Ugo Bardi of the University of Florence. 

About the 3rd International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity

Degrowth today proposes not only to abandon the obsession with growth and the collective imagination based on unlimited growth, but also invites us to deal with the significant phase of discontinuity our civilization is facing. Issues such as climate change and ecological crisis, the struggle for social and environmental justice, the looting of resources, oil peak and energy crisis, all accompanied by the growing dependence on technology and a huge crisis of social ties remind us of the vastness of the challenge that awaits us. We are asked nothing less than to begin a journey of conversion and transformation of material and cultural foundations of the so-called “developed” societies. 

This path involves the “re-signification” of the very idea of welfare or wellliving, the reconstruction on a basis of justice and interdependence of the “north-south," "south-south," and "north-north relationships," and the redefinition of a pact of solidarity between generations. A change that places high on our agenda topics and issues as work, income, consumption, waste, energy, technology, mobility, education, citizenship all inextricably linked. A project of degrowth exempt from all reductionism can be proposed only through comparison and discussion that pay attention to connections, interactions, transversal linking, with a strong cross-disciplinary look that can hold together natural and social sciences.