The Third Degrowth Conference has been an opportunity for rethinking the way the world should go about the transition toward a more sustainable economy. Economists, scientists, and social thinkers from all over the world gathered in Venice at the end of September 2012 to question the assumptions of the concept of “sustainable development” endorsed by governments and corporate business as the mainstream response to climate change and the depletion of natural ecosystems. The three-day conference was organised in this city not without reason: Venice is a stark reminder of the urgency to address the mounting ecological crisis. In fact, if climate change is not addressed in time the city of Venice will drown by the end of the century.
By Riccardo Mastini