By Molly Scott Cato
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The reality is that the apparent efficiency is only exporting the problem to somewhere else within the system, and the longer it takes us to face up to the reality of the limits within which we live, the more serious the problem we are storing up for ourselves. 6 This report drew attention to the exponentially increasing exploitation of resources and argued that this, or the parallel increase in waste generated, would destroy the environment unless it were halted: the limits it identified were those of resource depletion and waste overload, linked to a concern for the rising population and the need for a parallel increase in food growing.
The limitation of this method of measurement, and the consequences it has for the economy in general, are discussed further in Chapter 7. Growth is often argued to be necessary for the ‘creation of jobs’, another key objective of our present economy which is questioned by green economics. The most fundamental reason why we need economic growth is because of the way our money is created – this system, why we need to change it, and how we could make sustainable money form the themes of Chapter 5.
Been taken up by those seeking to influence businesses to work in a more sustainable way (discussed further in Chapter 6). The popularity of such a call among the orthodox economists can be guessed from the following quotation from Adam Smith: ‘The progressive state is in reality the cheerful and the hearty state to all the different orders of society. ’ In fact, from the perspective of green economics it is anything but. As discussed in the final section of this chapter, within a limited planet and without the optimistic assumption of conventional economics that technology can act as a substitute for natural capital, we are required to show ingenuity and creativity in developing new systems that mimic nature and live in balance with the ecosystem.