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.
The "degrowth" movement to fight the climate crisis offers a romantic, utopian vision. But it’s not a policy agenda.