Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment is proud to host Dr. Herman Daly to discuss "Economics for a Full World"
Because of the exponential economic growth since World War II, we now live in a full world, but we still behave as if it were empty, with ample space and resources for the indefinite future. The founding assumptions of neoclassical economics, developed in the empty world, no longer hold, as the aggregate burden of the human species is reaching—or, in some cases, exceeding—the limits of nature at the local, regional, and planetary levels. The prevailing obsession with economic growth puts us on the path to ecological collapse, sacrificing the very sustenance of our well-being and survival. To reverse this ominous trajectory, we must transition toward a steady-state economy focused on qualitative development, as opposed to quantitative growth, and the interdependence of the human economy and global ecosphere. Developing policies and institutions for a steady-state economy will require us to revisit the question of the purpose and ends of the economy.
About the speaker:
Herman Daly is often described as the founder of Ecological Economist. He is Emeritus Professor University of Maryland, former Senior Economist at the World Bank environmental division, and former Alumni Professor of Economics, Louisiana State University. In 1996, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for "defining a path of ecological economics that integrates the key elements of ethics, quality of life, environment and community." He is author of Beyond Growth and Steady-State Economics, among many other books.