Prevailing political economy is failing to maintain environmental, social, political and economic coherence. A deep changeover into a new economy is needed “where the acknowledged priority is to sustain human and natural communities” (GTI, 2011: 1). Therefore, it is widely accepted that the current linear so-called “take-make-dispose” economy is not sustainable and that solutions need to be found in order to decrease both the input of limited resources as well as the output of human waste in any form. This paper examines in how far the ideas of „green growth“ are capable to cope with this problem since they promise material welfare while reducing the impacts on the environment. Even though the underlying approaches like a „circular economy“, “zero-emissions economy” or „Factor x“ seem to be desirable, there is reasonable scepticism in how far advances in resource efficiency can ensure a sustainable future while industrialised societies got used to constantly raising living standards. We show that there is an intrinsic contradiction within the desire for “green growth” guiding the way towards a sustainable future.
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