Can we save the planet by shrinking the economy?

Just about 100 years ago, the living conditions for most of the populations of any country were appalling. The world had less than a quarter of the people it carries right now and environmental destruction was much more pronounced than it is today. Peak deforestation happened around 200 years ago. When I was a kid, more than half of the rivers in Austria were not fit for taking a swim in. Now all are. Economic growth meant a much better environment. Poor means destruction as poor people can’t afford to care for the environment. Degrowth is counter-productive.

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