una entrevista con william rees

“The whole thrust toward sustainability has been to treat it as an economic problem or a technological problem, hence, the emphasis on economic efficiency and technological efficiency gains. What’s the point? What we really ought to be thinking about is what makes for people’s welfare. We are sacrificing many of the indicators-safe cities, a secure sense of community, a healthy environment-the very things that would improve people’s welfare in exchange for rising incomes.

You could even make a case today that we are destroying more real wealth than we are gaining through growth. If that’s the case, then, as Herman Daly would say, growth is an uneconomic proposition where the quality of life for people is deteriorating even as their incomes increase. What’s the point?”