Inexperienced Progress vs No Progress: Why we’d like a Golgafrinchan Ark B

Visitor Douglas Adams’ing by David Middleton

This morning I made the error of studying this text on Actual Clear Science…

“Inexperienced Progress” Is Purported to Repair Local weather Change. It Gained’t Work
By Christine Corlet Walker August 12, 2019

You’ll have missed it, however a latest report declared that the primary technique of world leaders for tackling local weather change received’t work. It’s known as inexperienced development, and it’s favoured by a number of the largest and most influential organisations on this planet, together with the United Nations and the World Financial institution.


Fixing the local weather disaster with out having to compromise on financial development sounds interesting.


Proposals for inexperienced development that rely solely on know-how to resolve the local weather disaster are primarily based on a flawed thought.


Our aim within the 21st century ought to be creating economies that enable individuals to flourish, even after they don’t develop.

Christine Corlet Walker, PhD Candidate in Ecological Economics, College of Surrey

Actual Clear Scuence

I made an excellent greater mistake by downloading the report.

Decoupling debunked – Proof and arguments towards inexperienced development as a sole technique for sustainability

I even began to learn it…

Date of publication: July 2019

Authors of the report:

Timothée Parrique, Centre for Research and Analysis in Worldwide Growth (CERDI), College of Clermont Auvergne, France; Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholm College, Sweden

Jonathan Barth, ZOE.Institute for Future-Match Economies, Bonn, Germany

François Briens, Unbiased, Casual Analysis Centre for Human Emancipation (IRCHE).

Christian Kerschner, Division of Sustainability, Governance, and Strategies, MODUL College Vienna, Austria; Division of Environmental Research, Masaryk College, Czech Republic

Alejo Kraus-Polk, College of California, Davis, USA

Anna Kuokkanen, Lappeenranta-Lahti College of Expertise, Lahti Finland

Joachim H. Spangenberg, Sustainable Europe Analysis Institute (SERI Germany), Cologne, Germany

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I regarded up the lead creator on LinkedIn:

Timothée Parrique: PHD Researcher at Stockholm Resilience Centre,…


Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Diploma Identify: Degrowth Summer season College Discipline Of Examine: Financial and Banking Reforms
Dates attended or anticipated commencement 2014 – 2014

Uppsala College
Diploma Identify: Masters of Science, Sustainable Growth Discipline Of Examine: Specialisation in Economics Training
Dates attended or anticipated commencement 2011 – 2013

Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Diploma Identify: Masters of Sciences of the Surroundings, Territory and the Financial system Discipline Of Examine: Sustainability Science, Instruments and Strategies
Dates attended or anticipated commencement 2010 – 2011

Uppsala College
Diploma Identify: Erasmus Trade Discipline Of Examine: Worldwide Economics
Dates attended or anticipated commencement 2009 – 2010

Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Diploma Identify: Diploma in Economics Discipline Of Examine: Worldwide Economics
Dates attended or anticipated commencement 2007 – 2010

There doesn’t seem like something resembling an actual job in his résumé… However he was in faculty for 7 years…

Figuring that the coauthors’ could be even much less certified to run the worldwide financial system, I didn’t hassle to look them up. However, I did learn on…

This report highlights the necessity for a brand new conceptual toolbox to tell and assist the design and analysis of environmental insurance policies. Coverage-makers need to acknowledge the truth that addressing environmental breakdown might require a direct downscaling of financial manufacturing and consumption within the wealthiest nations.

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As if that wasn’t silly sufficient…


Is financial development suitable with ecological sustainability? Nearly half a century after the publication of the Meadows report “Limits to development” and Sicco Mansholt’s letter to the President of the European Fee in 1972 in defence of a shift away from the pursuit of financial development, the relation between Gross Home Product (GDP) and environmental pressures stays a matter of fierce political debate.

The talk has two principal sides. Proponents of what has been named “inexperienced development” argue that technological progress and structural change will allow a decoupling of pure assets consumption and environmental impacts from financial development. Then again, advocates of “degrowth” or “post-growth” argue that, as a result of an infinite enlargement of the financial system is basically at odds with a finite biosphere, the discount of environmental pressures requires a downscaling of manufacturing and consumption in wealthiest nations,
which is prone to end in a lower in GDP in comparison with present ranges. On one facet, inexperienced development advocates anticipate effectivity to allow extra items and providers at a decrease environmental value; on the opposite, degrowth proponents attraction to sufficiency, arguing that much less items and providers is the surest highway to ecological sustainability.

In the present day, the inexperienced development narrative dominates most political circles.


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That’s so far as I may get earlier than triggering a Billy Madison.

Factors of ridicule

WTF are Ecological Economics?Local weather change would solely want fixing if it stopped altering.There isn’t a local weather “disaster”.“Our aim within the 21st century ought to be creating economies that enable individuals to flourish, even after they don’t develop,” is probably probably the most self-ridiculing sentence ever written within the English language.Their “debate has two principal sides”… Dumb and dumber.

“The talk has two principal sides”

And the report obtained them each mistaken. The 2 sides of the talk are Malthusians and actuality. Malthusians have a 100% excellent monitor file of being mistaken and actuality is what it’s.

It’s a fossil fueled world

It’s a fossil-fueled world.

There isn’t a local weather disaster

Even in case you don’t like Dr. Christy’s depiction of the temperature information, the fashions nonetheless mistaken.In case you like Fahrenheit. RCP2.6 is the state of affairs the place we by no means realized tips on how to burn issues.RCP4.5 is a robust mitigation state of affairs, achieved with out mitigation.Oops!Extra oops!Higher make up some extra situations!Did you ever discover that actuality is at all times close to or beneath the modelers’ undiscovered fireplace state of affairs?

To the extent there may be a local weather annoyance… pure fuel, nuclear energy, carbon sequestration & utilization and a bit of little bit of inexperienced schist will make it manageable.

“Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B”

Simply in case some readers are unfamiliar with the basic works of Douglas Adams…

The Golgafrinchans realised that had been three kinds of beings on the planet of Golgafrincham: the leaders (or thinkers), the employees (or doers), and the middlemen.

The leaders contained the artists and “achievers”. The employees had been the individuals who “did all of the precise work”, and who made and did issues. The center administration was comprised of hairdressers, legal professionals, phone sanitisers, and different such “nugatory jobs.”[1]The three lessons of Golgafrinchans, as seen in Episode 6 of the TV collection.

The group of leaders constructed a ship and satisfied the middlemen to depart Golgafrincham by telling them a number of totally different causes, together with: that the planet was going to crash into the solar (or maybe the moon was going to crash into the planet), that the planet was being invaded by a big swarm of twelve foot piranha bees, and that “the complete planet was in imminent hazard of being eaten by an unlimited mutant star goat.”[1]The middlemen had been despatched off, informed that the opposite Golgafrinchans would comply with quickly, nonetheless they remained on the planet with no intention of leaving. The middlemen stayed in house for an extended time period, with many on board in suspended animation for almost all of the journey, apart from the Captain and his Quantity One and Quantity Two. This third class ultimately crashed onto Earth, whereas the opposite two-thirds of their society on Golgafrincham lived full, wealthy and pleased lived till they had been all abruptly killed off by a raging illness contracted from a unclean phone.

Finally, whereas sustaining main losses, and settling down in a cave-dwelling way of life, turning into ‘cavemen’, the Golgafrinchan middlemen worn out the hut-dwelling unique people of Earth, and have become the ancestors of current day humanity, “mucking up this system to find out the Final Query.”[1]

Hitchhiker’s Information to the Galaxy Wiki

It’s time to construct a B Ark, pack it with ecological economists, climastrologers and different individuals who’ve by no means had actual jobs, then launch it towards the closest Earth-like exoplanet… ensuring the flight trajectory takes them via the thickest elements of the Van Allen radiation belts. The brilliant facet is that we received’t have to fret about being “worn out by a deadly disease contracted from a unclean phone”… as a result of phone sanitiser would have been an actual job and public telephones are largely a factor of the previous.


Adams, Douglas. 1979. The hitchhiker’s information to the galaxy. New York: Concord Books.

Parrique T., Barth J., Briens F., C. Kerschner, Kraus-Polk A., Kuokkanen A., Spangenberg J.H., 2019. “Decoupling debunked: Proof and arguments towards inexperienced development as a sole technique for sustainability”. European Environmental Bureau.

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