Degrowth: A new economy for the climate change era

Julie Snorek

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BRATTLEBORO — Windham World Affairs Council is offering a special program next Friday, Jan. 24, that the organizations says will be a fitting sequel to Bill McKibben's January 15 talk in which he spoke to an overflowing crowd at the Centre Congregational Church about his efforts surrounding the current state of climate change and received a standing ovation. His talk included many suggestions of actions to be taken to confront the climate crisis including divestment and "following the money."

The Jan. 24 program, also at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., will feature guest speaker Julie Snorek, a research associate in the Environmental Studies Department of Dartmouth College. She will be presenting another option for dealing with the climate crisis. She will describe a new kind of economics for this age of climate change in a talk entitled "Degrowth: How our blessings have become a curse." Snorek will explain the economics of degrowth while examining the flawed logic of continuous, constant growth as a solution to the problems of our era, which has become known as the Anthropocene. She will talk about new patterns of development, a future of regeneration, sustainability, justice, and degrowth, and give examples from other countries where people are taking actions to de-grow and build a new ecology of care.

Snorek has spent more than 15 years studying climate change, environmentally-induced migration, and patterns of development, working mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a social ecologist, she has been developing an intricate understanding of social, ecological, and political transitions in the Sahel and Sahara where she has lived and worked with rural, nomadic and semi-nomadic societies. Snorek received her Ph.D from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2016 and her M.S. from SIT Graduate Institute in 2010.

The talk is be free and open to the public. There will be coffee, tea and conversation starting a 7 p.m., and the talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information about this and other WWAC events, visit /www.windhamworldaffairscouncilorg


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