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Foster, Gillian; Dobernig, Karin; Gruszka, Katarzyna; Schanes, Karin; De Schutter, Liesbeth
Introduction: Why sustainable consumption and production? The central question of “Sustainable Consumption and production” (SCP) research is “How do humans thrive and, at the same time, use less, waste less, and pollute less?” A socio-ecological transformation of the provisioning systems of goods and services that support human flourishing is necessary in order to avoid the negative effects of current consumption levels and production methods. The increasing pressures on natural resources worldwide used by current human activity leading to global climate change, biodiversity loss, polluted ecosystems, and the like (as described in Chapter 1) and the macro-and microeconomic challenges related to environmental damages (discussed in Chapter 2) originate from the individual and collective practices of consumption and production. Therefore, SCP is the lynchpin challenge for achieving a socio-ecological transformation towards sustainability, both in developed and developing regions. This Chapter references CLIC work; however the Chapter has a broader scope, and is not funded by CLIC.
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Stephan Lutter, Fred Luks, Sigrid Stagl
Institute for Ecological Economics / Vienna University of Economics and Business
1020 Vienna, Austria
The Initiative Growth in Transition, which was launched in 2008, brings together
transformation activists and decision makers from politics, science, the economy
and civil society and promotes dialogue and an exchange of perspectives on
growth, prosperity and quality of life. It provides an international platform which
aims to address questions of growth and an alternative, sustainable economy.
The initiative is organised by the Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism.
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