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If you follow the degrowth agenda, it leads to an economy that looks a lot like the sickly UK

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🗞️ Driving the news: Eoin McLaughlin critiques the degrowth movement by drawing an analogy with the impact of the UK's economic stagnation
• The UK's GDP per person has declined in seven of the last eight quarters, showcasing the potential downsides of degrowth strategies

🔭 The context: Degrowth advocates argue for reducing society's throughput to achieve socially sustainable development, criticizing the unconditional pursuit of GDP growth for its environmental impact and resource consumption
• McLaughlin points out that the UK's decline in investment, particularly in productivity-enhancing technologies, illustrates the negative consequences of moving away from growth-oriented policies

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The UK example shows that while degrowth may lead to reduced carbon emissions and a slight increase in equality, it also results in poorer living standards and less public spending capability
• This raises questions about the viability of degrowth as a strategy for achieving environmental sustainability without compromising economic stability and public welfare

⏭️ What's next: The debate between degrowth and sustainable growth continues, with the need for investment in technology highlighted as a critical factor for environmental and economic health
• McLaughlin suggests that technological innovation, rather than degrowth, might be a more effective approach to addressing climate change and economic challenges

📈 One stat: GDP per person in the UK was still lower than pre-COVID levels at the end of 2023, while the US equivalent is up by 7%

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