What comes after the age of economic growth?
That is the meaning of the German term ‘Postwachstum’ (after growth) we have agreed upon to foster the debate on 'degrowth/decroicant in Germany. And how do we get there?
These are the guiding questions for a major
conference SERI Germany has initiated, to be held in April 2012. We hope to get
a broad range of civil society co-organisers on board, and welcome the interest
to join forces announced by the Wuppertal Institute.
The congress is scheduled to have two parts:
a scientific conference – if at
all possible the 3rd International Sustainable Degrowth Conference,
in cooperation with the European Degrowth Network and the partners
collaborating in the 1st (Paris) and the 2nd (Barcelona)
a Citizens’ Action Conference,
organised by civil society organisations, which should pick up input from the
scientific congress, discuss and where possib le agree on joint objectives, and
develop collaboration, partnerships and common campaigns.
The discussion on Sustainable Degrowth is
now going on in quite a huge number of German NGOs, and we hope the congress
can become a focal point where all these activities are brought together.
Joining forces is imperative if we want to influence real politics, produce hard
facts, not only hot air.
For obvious reasons, the invitation is
written in German, and German will be the language of the Citizens’ Action
Conference, but the Scientific Congress will be held in English, as the news
updates on this page.