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How Much Energy Do We Need? - LOW-TECH MAGAZINE
Because energy fuels both human development and environmental damage, policies that encourage energy demand reduction can run counter to policies for alleviating poverty, and the other way around. Achieving both objectives can only happen if energy use is spread more equally across societies. However, while it’s widely acknowledged that part of the global population is living in ‘energy poverty’, there’s little attention given to the opposite condition, namely ‘energy excess’ or ‘energy decadence’. Researchers have calculated minimum levels of energy use needed to live a decent life, but what about maximum levels? Image: Azuri Technologies. Energy Use Per Capita Humanity needs to reduce its energy use radically if we are to avoid dangerous climate change, the exhaustion of non-renewable resources,...
base.allocation  energy  households  degrowth  sufficiency 
3 days ago by zesteur
Propaganda for Renewables: a Critique of a Report by Oil Change International - Resilience
This report does not have a single word to say about energy conservation and it is thus effectively a puff piece for renewable energy
renewables  degrowth  eroi 
3 days ago by zesteur
The Radical Plan to Save the Planet by Working Less - VICE
Since there are so few real-world examples of degrowth, Kallis has used a fictional utopia to explain the concept in a 2015 paper. He referenced the planet Anarres, from the book The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin—a society that has modest resources, but through its egalitarian structure is a fair and meaningful place to make a life, compared to the more capitalist near-by planet, Urras
capitalism  degrowth  donellameadows 
18 days ago by craniac
The only realistic chance to limit global heating is a strategy. Compelling arguments by an…
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4 weeks ago by heinzwittenbrink
How much will the US Way of Life © have to change? – Uneven Earth
Labour has not been erased from the food chain, but only from some links of the food chain visible in the core states. Contemporary imperialism engineers prices, under- and de-develops the periphery, maintains massive labour reserves, and suppresses wages. As a result, consumers in the core command enough social power that people in other societies must labour to produce our food. Eurocentrism makes such labour invisible.

Where capital has replaced labour in commodity export sectors, the consequences have been disastrous. Land concentrates in the hands of the bourgeoisie, poor people flee to slums, debt-driven suicides mount in India, and the Tunisian semi-proletariat immolates itself. As the poor’s capacity to demand a share of the social product decreases, consumption decreases, and they go hungry. If capitalism has produced a society where some ‘need not work’ in agriculture, it has also produced a society where consumption in the core—such as it is, given widespread malnutrition and obesity—turns on immiseration in the periphery.
climate-change  degrowth  environmentalism  agriculture  climate_diaspora 
5 weeks ago by perich

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