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Scientific Consensus On Post-Growth Over Green Growth

Teemu Koskimäki

This survey was published in the journal Ecological Economics.  My survey received responses from 461 scholars, from 66 countries. The purpose was to find out what future pathways countries in different income groups should follow for local and global sustainability to be achieved. Instead of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), affluent countries should focus directly on the wellbeing of people and the environment, or even seek to decrease the GDP.  In September 2023, an article was published by Jefim Vogel and Jason Hickel in the Lancet Planet Health journal.  The authors defined green growth as a period of time during which the national economy grows while greenhouse gas emissions are simultaneously reduced, at a fast enough rate to meet the Paris climate and equity commitments. If emissions decline slower than that, growth cannot be considered green.