Monday, March 24th, 2014

"Hooked on growth: how do we stop our addiction before it destroys us?" This was the question discussed last week at the Sydney Mechanic School of Arts in Sydney, following a screening of the renowned film Hooked on Growth.

The film was followed by talks  by Dr Haydn Washington (author of ‘Human Dependence on Nature’), Prof. Mark Diesendorf from UNSW (author of ‘Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change’, Lance Lieber from Transition Sydney and Dr Anna Schlunke from CASSE NSW.

"Novelist Edward Abbey once noted that 'Growth for growth’s sake is the ideology of the cancer cell'," noted Dr Haydn Washington. "Yet our society has become hooked on this, and like all addictions it is killing us.

"We cannot continue to deny this reality, it is time to wake up and kick the growth habit," Dr Washington concluded.

"A rich country like Australia could maintain full employment without having growth in the use of energy, materials and land,"’ noted Dr Mark Diesendorf.

The talks were followed by discussion groups where members of the public joined with experts to develop solutions to the questions:

How do we show that the dominant growth economy is a key driver of climate change? How can we communicate better that a ‘steady state economy’ would help to prevent catastrophic climate change?

A range of creative strategies were suggested and some of these will be pursued in the coming months.

Organised and presented by:

CASSE (Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy) --- NSW Chapter

ParraCAN (Parramatta Climate Action Network)

Transition Sydney

SPA (Sustainable Population Australia --- NSW Chapter)

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Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, NSW Chapter

CASSE offers a positive solution to our economic and ecological predicament – a steady state economy provides a hopeful way to achieve sustainability and equity in an increasingly constrained world. To tell the truth about economic growth and promote the steady state economy, CASSE engages volunteers around the world, from regional directors to collaborators on outreach. CASSE also works closely with economists and scientists to build a foundation of support for the transition to a steady state economy by helping professional societies adopt their own positions on economic growth. In addition, CASSE develops and distributes a variety of information resources on concepts related to the steady state economy.

Anna Schlunke
P: 0287648716
M: 0435749419

Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, NSW Chapter

Haydn Washington
M: 0427367024


economic growth, growth, climate change, sustainability, population growth, population, resources



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