As seen in a previous post, for many, sustainable development is the first objective. However, for some, both terms contain a real paradox. Indeed, we can consider development in itself non-sustainable. Therefore, since the 1970s, a new concept of Degrowth appeared. In 1972, a complete criticism of the fatal effects of the economic growth is published by the Club of Rome. It is entitled The Limits to Growth. The Club of Rome is a think tank gathering scientists, economists, government officials and business leaders of 52 countries. All already worried by the complex problems met by our planet while facing a prolonged constant growth.
Degrowth ? What is it ?
The main idea of Degrowth is that, in the long run, the economic growth brings more nuisances than advantages. Indeed, according to the advocates of Degrowth, economic development has 3 negative consequences: economic dysfunctions, pollution and deterioration of the ecosystems.
Enclosed, a definition of all the principles of Degrowth (pop-up). A complete history shows its origins and its evolution. First, an almost sub-ground movement, nowadays, Degrowth becomes more and more a choice.
FloatYourHomeBerlin wants to be part of that kind of choice. FloatYourHomeBerlin tries to be an example of Degrowth.
Against the current excessive consumerism, the emblem of Degrowth is the snail. The drawing below is worth all explanations :
Degrowth recommends a number of measures:
- The implementation of systems of renewable energies
- The recommendation of simpler lifestyles. For example, less polluting means of transports.
- The economic relocation to reduce the transportations of goods, thus the ecological footprint.
- The implementation of an unconditional social income for all
This model is not yet implemented on a large-scale basis. However, more and more, we notice local initiatives which prefer a degrowth approach. For instance, many integrated farm management methods now favor short circuits distribution systems. It aims to find an alternative to the expensive food-processing industry costs. It hopes to transform the customer-supplier relationship in order to increase it into links of coproduction and joint management. The idea is to establish a bound between the producer and the customer. In other words, it is to favor mutual aid and support which overtakes the economic frame of simple trad, in order to transform this into a real collaborative work.
For building its floating home, FloatYourHomeBerlin also favors short circuits. For instance, by buying local supplies. In future posts, FloatYourHomeBerlin is going to study practical ideas of Degrowth. Ultimately, it is about reaching this Happy Frugality as a new lifestyle where Less is More.