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Steady-state economies

   Steady-state economies acknowledge that the economy is an integrated whole consisting of agricultural, extractive, manufacturing, and services sectors that require physical inputs and produce wastes.

   Unfettered and infinite (orthodox) economic growth is at odds with preserving biodiversity; there are real physical and ecological limits to growth.

   Orthodox economic growth has negative effects on the long-term ecological and economic welfare of the world.

   The ecological services that are the foundation of the human economy are in fundamental conflict with the concept of orthodox economic growth, making it an increasingly dangerous and anachronistic goal.

   Steady-state economic development, on the other hand, is a qualitative process in which different technologies may be employed and the relative prominence of economic sectors may evolve.

   The sustainability of a steady-state economy requires its establishment at a size that does not breach ecological and economic capacity.

   The ultimate goal is the establishment of healthy ecological and social conditions within the framework of a steady state economy which is relocalized to adhere to natural constraints and limitation.

   If you would like to schedule an introductory consultation session or arrange a presentation or workshop for your group, please contact or us a call at (520) 887-2502.


"In the long term, the economy and the environment are the same thing. If it's unenvironmental it is uneconomical. That is the rule of nature."
Mollie Beattie


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