What is degrowth?

Degrowth means an ecologically sustainable and socially just society (and economy). This requires ensuring the well being of all and respecting ecological boundaries . We know that infinite growth isn’t possible on a finite planet. The goal of degrowth is therefore a social ecological transformation that enables a good life for all. Degrowth brings together utopias, scientific findings, proposals, and practical projects that show what a new society could look like, how it could function, and how we can get there.

We distance ourselves from forms of growth criticism that do not focus on ensuring a good life for all. We reject right-wing, racist and sexist forms of growth critique.

You like the idea, but but what does it entail?

-Orientation towards a good life for all – this includes a slower life, new forms of prosperity and a good life together.
-Less production and consumption in the Global North, more self-determination and opportunities in the Global South.
-More democracy for genuine political participation
-Social improvement while recognizing sufficiency 
-Emphasis on regional economic cycles, etc.

Questions we will deal with at the conference:

– What is the status quo and why we need strategies for a new economy and society?
-What does transformation mean and what do past change processes look like?
-What are concrete Degrowth strategies?
-In which social areas, e.g. transport, energy supply, can existing strategies be further developed and reflected?