Liberation from excess
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The world is not yet prepared to free itself from the drug of growth. But the discussion on the end of exorbitance is gaining momentum. The sustainability researcher Niko Paech provides a fitting polemic text that reveals »green growth« to be a myth. Today, »green growth« and »sustainable« consumption are regarded as the new silver bullets. But Paech considers the small differences between »good« and »bad« growth to be a sham. In his alternative concept, the post-growth economy, he calls for limiting industrial value addition processes and strengthening local self-sufficiency patterns. This type of economy would be more frugal, but also more stable and more ecologically compatible.