These briefing papers, created by the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy, provide a concise, digestible background and context for the current model of growth-based economy, the nature and origins of its shortcomings, and a roadmap for moving to a new, sustainable model.
This series of seven video shorts steps you through a new way to think about economics, based on sustainable systems.
Annie Leonard narrates a tour de force of consumerism. This dense and entertaining video is documented to the gills; an annotated script is downloadable from the “Story of Stuff” website.
A 2015 documentary, directed by Andrew Morgan, focusing on aspects of the garment industry ― from production (mainly exploring the life of low-wage workers in developing countries) to its after-effects such as river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, disease and death. Using an approach that looks at environmental, social and psychological aspects, it also examines consumerism and mass media, ultimately linking them to global capitalism. The documentary is a collage of several interviews with environmentalists, garment workers, factory owners, and people organizing fair trade companies or promoting sustainable clothing production.
Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. In other words, to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice), while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – such as a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer. The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge, and it acts as a compass for human progress this century.