April 25th – Slow Growth, No Growth, Degrowth: What is in Our Future?

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Join us for Session #5 of the Building Resilient Communities series .

At this event, we will take on the conundrum of economic growth in a time of climate change and resource depletion at the Bethany Church in Randolph on Wed., April 25 at 6:30 PM. Economic growth brings growing resource use, growing waste generation, growing material wealth for the already-rich, and mounting busy-ness and stress for most people…  in an economy that can only grow or collapse. What might a simpler, slower Vermont be like? Let’s talk about it. The degrowth hypothesis is that we can live well together with less if we share more and shift from valuing efficiency to valuing sufficiency. The degrowth movement aims to transform human relationships with each other and the rest of nature toward justice and sustainability. Those are lofty goals and nobody knows for certain how to go about achieving them. Surely, degrowth will look different in different places. Discussing what kinds of futures we want and imagining how to make them happen in our communities is a radical exercise. Come join the exploration with presenter Sam Bliss, a PhD student in ecological economics at the University of Vermont and a member of the academic association Research & Degrowth. The series is organized by BALE and cosponsored by Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission and Randolph Area Community Development Corporation. $5 suggested donation (no one will be turned away). Funded by the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. For more info, click HERE.

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