This book puts the Green Economy to the test, its promises, consequences and blind spots.
- Can efficiency be a solution if it results in even more consumption?
- Is it possible to save nature by putting a price on the services it provides?
- Should we rely on technological solutions to save us?
As the economic and ecological bases of prosperity are increasingly endangered and the gap between rich and poor widens, the Green Economy should offer us hope. Yet the Green Economy cares little about politics, barely registers human rights, does not recognize social factors and suggests the possibility of reform without conflict. It suggests that the world as we know it can continue with green growth, based primarily on large-scale technological solutions.
This book outlines a way to overcome global crises from a social viewpoint.
Thomas Fatheuer is a social scientist and lived in Brazil from 1992 to 2010, most recently as head of the Heinrich Boell Foundation's office in Rio de Janeiro. Prior to that he worked on forest conservation projects in the Amazon region for the German Development Service (DED) and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). Currently, he is living and working as an author and consultant in Berlin. He is the author of numerous publications on the Brazilian development model, the conservation of tropical forests and the concept of Buen Vivir. Lili Fuhr is a graduate geographer and, since 2008, heads the international Ecology and Sustainable Development Department at the Heinrich Boell Foundation with a special focus on international climate and resource politics. She blogs regularly at www.klima-der-gerechtigkeit.de. Barbara Unmu ssig is a political scientist and, since 2002, Co-President of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. She has acted since 2009 as deputy member of the Board of Trustees of the German Institute for Human Rights (DIMR). Her work focuses on issues such as the social aspects of globalisation, human and women's rights and international climate, resource and agricultural policy. Among other roles, she is chair of the jury for the Anne Klein Women's Award, which has been presented annually since 2012 by the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Barbara Unmu ssig has published numerous articles for books and journals.
Preface by Tim Jackson PART ONE Why "business as usual" is not an option 1 The dominance of the climate killers 2 The great loss of biological diversity 3 Business as usual in agroindustry 4 The world as we know it: inequality, poverty, hunger 5 The Green Economy as a way out of the global crisis? PART TWO Rampant risk: questionable instruments and innovations 6 Nature or natural capital? 7 Progress in the service of the Green Economy: will innovation solve everything? PART THREE The Green Economy's blind spots 8 A star is born - or: environmental policy in neoliberal times 9 Civil society amid depoliticisation and shrinking spaces Conclusion: making the case for a new Political Ecology