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Is ‘sustainable growth’ actually achievable?

Given the finite nature of the world and its resources, and the constantly increasing numbers of humans, do you consider that the ideal maxim of ‘sustainable growth’ so frequently spouted by the media and politicians is actually achievable?
Carole Whittaker from West Yorkshire (Age 45-54)


One Response

  1. I think sustainable growth is only possible if the global population stabilises, but most sources do suggest that it will stabilise in the future as developed-world concepts such as contraception and equality of opportunity for women become established in developing countries also.

    Sustainable growth is possible in my opinion, it requires managing our resources so we can use them in a manner that can be sustained into the foreseeable future, rather than maximisation of consumption and short-term profits. However, sustainable growth will require long-term planning and international co-operation, and here, politics, economics and social inertia present large barriers to making sustainable growth a reality.

    Even if we continue the way we are now, at some point we will be forced to use more sustainable practices as the fossil fuel reserves are dwindling.

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