An Ecological Economics Perspective on Sustainability and Prospects for Ending Poverty

  title={An Ecological Economics Perspective on Sustainability and Prospects for Ending Poverty},
  author={W. Rees},
  journal={Population and Environment},
  • W. Rees
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology
  • Population and Environment
Despite our pretensions to science, modern industrial society is as myth-bound and mystical as any that has preceded it. Our prevailing cultural myth includes a dangerous vision of global sustainability and poverty reduction centered on unlimited economic expansion, “free” trade and technological fixes. This paper dissects the modern myth, exposing its conceptual flaws and practical failings. It then proposes an alternative conceptual framework for development derived from ecological economics… Expand
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