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Living within our limits: green growth vs degrowth

Wao Aotearoa

Living within our limits: green growth vs degrowth

Infinite growth on a planet with finite resources was always geared up to hit the wall at some point. But where to next? The crux of the discussion centres around what are our planetary limits and how do we, as a species, create a system which can live within those boundaries.

Featuring guest speakers Jonathan Boston, Kate Meyer and Tim Crownshaw, this discussion looks at two schools of thought. On the one hand, the proponents of Green Growth advocate for continued GDP Growth within clearly defined biophysical and social limits that minimise harm to the environment and society. On the other, Degrowth advocates rejecting the use of GDP as an indicator, instead favouring the slowing down and reversal of global resource consumption, production and energy use until we reach genuinely sustainable levels.

Wao is a community non-profit set up to educate, inspire and enable New Zealand communities to move towards a regenerative future. Celebrating five years of action and education, our annual Wao Summit is a 360 degree approach to creating and fostering tangible, social and environmental change at every level. From food resilience, to changing the way we get around, to developing stronger community connection – we look at every facet of what it truly means to live in harmony with the planet. This event is one of 30 events hosted down in Wānaka, but delivered online for all to tune in.

Access this event, along with 7 other online events with the Wao Summit Online Ticket. The Wao Summit is a six day annual event held in Wānaka. Its aim is to inspire, educate and enable our transition as a community and nation to a healthy, thriving, diverse, carbon zero community.

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26.10.2022 @ 5:30 pm 7:30 pm


5:30pm – 7:30pm


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