Not your growing up variety but economic growth. Wherever growth is mentioned in the media it’s almost invariably depicted as a good thing. But is it? It is certainly a good thing for bankers, companies and business people but not so for the man in the street (or woman!) or for families, their children or their grandchildren. Growth means more factories, more pollution, less green fields, less wild animals and more greenhouse gasses. The sensitive issue of a growing world population needs to be tackled to restore the balance between humans and nature.

“Is it not time to recognise that we have reached the promised land, and should seek to stay there? Why would we want to leave this place in order to explore the blackened waste of consumer frenzy followed by ecological collapse? Surely the rational policy for the governments of the rich world is now to keep growth rates as close to zero as possible?”

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