‘Is green growth possible and do we really need it?’ A debate with Pete Dickenson and Derek Wall

27/03/2013 19:00


Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King's Cross, London N1 9DX


Wednesday 27th March 2013, 7pm


Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase.

Event Description

A debate as to whether an eco-socialist program would have to curtail growth or could it provide an environmental sustainable version of growth?

Our guest are agreed that capitalism is a root problem of a range of environmental problems the world is facing, but can a socialist alternative resolve these issues? Crucially, would an eco-socialist alternative have to curtail growth or could it administer an environmentally sustainable version of growth?

Marx considered that plenty was a necessary condition for the coming of a fully developed socialist society. Whilst many argue that removing want will require growth, most Greens argue that any growth is unsustainable.

Pete Dickenson’s 'Planning for Planet' puts the argument round the other way, that it is impossible to tackle environmental problems without effective international planning, a prerequisite for which is eliminating the conflicts that result from scarcity. His book contends that the growth needed to remove scarcity can be green, but only if organised in the context of a democratically planned socialist economy.

Arguing against this position will be Derek Wall, who has most recently authored ‘The Rise of the Green Left: Inside the Worldwide Ecosocialist Movement’.

We hope you will be able to join our two guest to add your voice to the discussion.

About the authors
Pete Dickenson is author of ‘Planning for the Planet: How Socialism Could Save the Environment’ and a member of the Socialist Party.

Derek Wall is the Green Party International Co-ordinator and has written books including ‘The Rise of the Green Left: Inside the Worldwide Ecosocialist Movement’, ‘Babylon and Beyond: The Economics of Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Globalist and Radical Green Movements’ and ‘Earth First! and the Anti-Roads Movement: Radical Environmentalism and Comparative Social Movements’


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Housmans Bookshop
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