Sunday, April 22, 2012

Eco-eco at the UN

My colleague Brian Czech from the International Society for Ecological Economics posted this on ecolog.

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] On Behalf Of Czech, Brian [czech@VT.EDU]
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2012 6:16 PM
Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Steady Statesmanship for Biodiversity Conservation Commences at United Nations

On April 18, 2012, steady state economics was formally introduced to the United Nations. In the General Assembly, five panelists covered limits to growth, the Anthropocene, and ecological economics. At the conclusion, "steady statesmanship" (i.e., adopting steady state economics as economic policy) for international diplomacy was proposed. The session was hosted by the Plurinational States of Bolivia and reaction of UN member states was positive.

Following introductory remarks of the UN Secretary General and the Ambassador of Bolivia, the first three panel talks pertained to life on Earth and the human impacts thereon. The fourth talk was an overview of ecological economics commencing at 1:35:35 of the webcast, and the final talk was on steady state economics for biodiversity conservation, commencing at 1:56:40. The complete webcast is available at:

The Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society were acknowledged as having recognized limits to growth and the conflict between economic growth and biodiversity conservation.

Brian Czech, President
Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, and
Visiting Professor of Natural Resource Economics
Virginia Tech, National Capitol Region
Falls Church, Virginia

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