Head to Head: Daniel Ben-Ami and Jonathon Porritt
Economic Growth: Bane or Boon?
Video of debate held at Northumbria University,
19 October 2010
Sponsored by The Policy Press
Is economic growth a good thing? Until the 1970s few would
have even thought of asking this question.
Yet today the West is often seen as guilty of overconsumption,
while the rapid growth of developing countries such as China
and India is seen by many in a highly negative light.
People who champion growth are accused
of encouraging greed, damaging the environment and
widening social inequalities. Daniel Ben-Ami, in his new book
Ferraris for all,
challenges these notions, arguing that
society as a whole benefits from greater affluence and that we
should celebrate growth. Renowned environmentalist and writer
disagrees and took up the arguments in this head to head debate.
Chair: Caspar Hewett
Part of the North East Education for Sustainable Development
in association with
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