Qualitative growth instead of quantitative growth -
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Theses on the current problems
1. As a result of climate change and the corona pandemic, world poverty has increased again.
2. Social inequality has increased in a number of countries.
3. The world economy does not function according to ecological or social criteria.
4. The economy is also polarizing: global digital companies are expanding, while local traditional businesses are struggling to survive.
5. Sustainable production is still a long time coming in many parts of the economy.
6. Many products produced by the economy are neither sustainable, nor necessary, or increase the consumption of raw materials and energy.
Ideas for possible solutions
Ulrike Herrmann (in Le Monde Diplomatique, April 2015:3) is skeptical in this regard: "If growth were prevented, capitalism would be ended, but the result would not be the ecological circular economy that environmentalists hope for. It would be an economy in free fall, creating panic. People are deeply shaken when they lose their jobs and their income. All major economic crises have been immensely dangerous -
Basically, the following question arises: How could it come to this point that our economic activity increasingly endangers our ecosystems, which are at the same time the prerequisite and basis of our life and thus also of our economic system? A central explanation lies in the fact that consumption and production incur costs that are not borne by the polluters. When lousily maintained oil tankers sink and pollute millions of liters of water, or when CO 2 emissions change the global climate, the resulting damage is paid neither by the polluters on the production side nor by the consumers who consume the corresponding products. These costs are passed on to outsiders -
Hans Wielens (2004:51) has rightly pointed out that the real scarcity factors are neither labor, capital nor raw materials, but prudence, prudence and wisdom. Economic changes should be thought through and approached with calm and composure. And perhaps one would have to add: Modesty.
All over the world, only products -
a) which serve the sustainable satisfaction of basic needs (e.g. healthy food, renewable energy, education, environmentally compatible information use and communication);
b) which are produced from renewable and environmentally friendly raw materials (e.g. wood; renewable energy);
c) whose production, use or consumption, as well as their disposal, do not cause environmental damage (such as noise, water pollution, air pollution, non-
Basically, there are the following methods to enforce sustainable production:
2006: Aktuelle Volkswirtschaftslehre. Zürich / Chur: Verlag Rüegger.
2015: Über das Ende des Kapitalismus. In: Le Monde Diplomatique (deutsche Ausgabe Schweiz) vom April 2015. 3.
2004: Im Brennpunkt: Geld & Spiritualität. Ist die Krise der materiellen Welt überwindbar? Petersberg: Verlag Via Nova.
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Unit V25: Sustainable Economy
Unit V1: Introduction to economics
Unit V2.1: Satisfaction of needs
Unit V21: International development goals
Unit V18: Financial bubbles and overproduction crises
Unit V7: Theories of money
Unit V23: Economy and democracy
Unit V16: Globalization
Unit V19: The financial crisis 2008-