7 Principles for the circular economy of the 21st century

Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut | George Monbiot

    ‘Billions of people still live in the hole in the middle’: a street boy collects stones in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Jan MoellerHansen/BarcroftImages So what are we going to do about it? This is the only question worth asking. But the answers appear elusive. Faced with a multifaceted crisis – the capture of governments by billionaires and their lobbyists, extreme inequality, the rise of demagogues, above all the collapse of the living world – those to whom we look for leadership appear stunned, voiceless, clueless. Even if they had the courage to act, they have no idea what to do. The most they tend to offer is more economic growth: the fairy dust supposed to make all the bad stuff disappear. Never mind that it drives ecological destruction; that it has failed to relieve structural unemployment or soaring inequality; that, in some recent years, almost all the increment in incomes has been harvested by the top 1%. As values, principles and moral purpose are lost, the promise of growth is all that’s left. Old economics is based on false ‘laws of physics’ – new economics can save us Read more You can see the effects in a leaked memo from the UK’s Foreign Office: “Trade and growth...

  • theguardian.com
Read the full article