Growth, as an evolutionary process of natural systems, is understood to be necessary. But past adolescence, organisms must either stabilize (through interfacing with their environments) or die off. In observing our economic systems, we can see that there is an unquestioned agreement (if not a self-replicating obsession) on the need for accumulation and growth. A closer look at the supposedly healthy metric of economic growth confronts us with exponential surges in other, far less healthy indicators: gross economic inequality, loss of topsoil and biodiversity, species extinction, carbon emissions, energy use, biosphere degradation, to name just a few.
‘Commons Transition’ describes proposals for action that prioritize civil society’s needs, towards a more democratic and environmentally conscious culture.