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Minimal Maintenance | Lapsus Lima
'Minimal Maintenance' essay by on , maintenance, care, repair, conviviality, commoning
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10 days ago by freerange_inc
The Delusion and Danger of Infinite Economic Growth | The New Republic
So when did growth become infinite? If you had to pick a Hans Christen Anderson for the fairytale of eternal economic growth, American economist Robert Solow would be your man. Solow launched modern growth theory with a pair of pioneering articles written in 1956 and 1957. Still alive today, he has done more to shape growth theory than any other thinker.
economics  climate-change  growth  degrowth  capitalism  economic_history  investor_capitalism 
12 days ago by perich
Vaclav Smil on the Need to Abandon Growth
If you look at the fundamentals of human existence, the yield of crops, the energy which we save by making materials, the energy we save by making better converters, no matter if it’s turbines, or cars, all these things which run our economy are basically improving at a rate of one, or two, or at best about 3 percent a year. There is no 30 percent or 40 percent gross there, really.

It’s actually becoming more and more difficult to wring out even those 3 percent, because there are many things here. We are approaching thermodynamic or straight pneumatic limits with many of these things. This idea of dematerialization, decreasing the energy intensity — fine, you can keep doing it, but you cannot do it forever. If I built a house, I can make it lighter, but I will still need some steel, some lumber, some tiles, some glass. I cannot make it not using material. This is another kind of false god — dematerialization and decrease of energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is helpful, it’s happening all the time, but it has its own thermodynamic and material limits.
degrowth  growth  environmentalism  climate-change  capitalism  investor_capitalism 
12 days ago by perich
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14 days ago by nitrone
UNRENOT Intervention v1.0 - e-flux Architecture - e-flux
The framework for certification materializes as the UNRENOT Intervention seal. The certification system and its methodology is open to the public through the n´UNDO Projects Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower citizens and municipalities and bring about an urban re-evolution.

The Institute administers the publicly available n´UNDO Certified™ Project Standard with the UNRENOT Intervention seal, which provides architects, designers, planners and engineerers, as well as governmental officials, regulators, municipalities, institutions, the private sector and citizens with clear, visible, and tangible criteria to certify a project’s quality of continuous urban improvement as well as commitment to sustainability and local communities.

The UNRENOT Intervention seal is granted to interventions that either UNDO, REDO, or NOT DO. Each area is detailed below, and are complemented by a series of projects that demonstrate best practice.
architecture  urban_planning  degrowth 
25 days ago by shannon_mattern
Why degrowth is the only responsible way forward
[I]t is theoretically possible that we could grow and produce more within our limits if technology improves. But so far this hasn’t happened, there is little to show that it will, and as long as it doesn’t, we need a practical plan. The logic of eco-modernism – to blindly bet on future innovation – has already caused us to delay action for more than thirty years, and there is simply no time left. We need to act now, and within our current technological means...

We must restructure our economic system so that an end to growth does not create further injustice. Essential to this are policies that reduce financial speculation and redistribute the immense amount of material wealth that has accumulated in the hands of a few... [M]any degrowth proponents are excited about a comprehensive ecological reform, and have contributed to the recently proposed Green New Deal for Europe. There are also economic models that examine how a post-growth economy would work in detail... although more work is needed on that end...

The strive for human flourishing should include all people, and it cannot be thought of apart from nature. That doesn’t reduce the human capacity to be free. But freedom here does not mean freedom from any and every limit, but freedom to choose our limits and care for one another and for non-human beings. This simply confirms that humans are not alone in our march to freedom, and that its pursuit has effects upon others and our environment.
climate-change  economics  socialism  degrowth 
27 days ago by jimmerricks
Lifecycle of a Leaf – Current Affairs | Culture & Politics
So there are—at minimum—around 30 points at which fossil fuels are used to grow, process, and distribute a simple box of lettuce leaves. This doesn’t even take into account all the fossil fuels that were burned to manufacture and ship all the tools—the trucks, the hoses, the tractors, the trains, the washers and dryers—needed to run the farm and ship the product. Of all food, lettuce is not uniquely carbon-intensive. The entire food system in the Global North is like this. In fact, a lot of other food supply chains are much more carbon-dependent than lettuce. Chocolate often starts as a bean in West Africa, goes through lots of mechanized processing, frequently exploitative labor practices, and may cross three continents and an ocean before it arrives as a slab in North American supermarkets. Coffee lives a similar life. This doesn’t even begin to dissect the lab experiments—like Pop-Tarts or cheese puffs—that require an industrial process just to conceive. Nor does it address industrial meat production, which swallows up about 80 percent of all agricultural land use, tons of energy inputs, and spews lots of greenhouse gas emissions—around a quarter of all emissions, by some estimates—while exploiting lots of precarious workers and killing billions of living beings.
degrowth  agribusiness  agriculture  petroleum 
7 weeks ago by perich
Green from the Grassroots | Common Dreams Views
Letztes Editorial von Ostrom. Über vernetztes Handeln auf vielen, vor allem kommunalen Ebene. Zum Schluss spricht sie davon, dass man noch eine Dekade Zeit hast, bis die Kosten zu hoch werden.
by:  EleanorOstrom  2012  Klimanotstand  degrowth  economics 
7 weeks ago by heinzwittenbrink

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