Brian Czech – Degrowth Toward a Steady-State Economy – CACOR series

Canadian Association for the Club of Rome Jan 11, 2023

Our speaker today is Dr. Brian Czech, executive director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. From 1999-2017, he served in the headquarters of the US Fish & Wildlife Service. During most of that time (2001-2015), he was also a visiting professor at Virginia Tech. He has written three books, including Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution. He is a regular contributor at the Steady State Herald.


Today he will define & describe degrowth & the steady state economy as the sustainable solution to our overshoot of planetary limits. Some over-developed countries will need a reasonable period of degrowth toward a steady state economy.


Countries with widespread poverty should be encouraged & assisted to develop in peace & security, free of the forced debt & environmental destruction of corporate exploitation. In other words, moving away from unsustainable, destructive growth will require a tremendous level of “steady statesmanship” in international diplomacy—the greatest challenge of the 21st century.




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