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For growth:

“It is neither economically necessary nor ethically responsible to stop or drastically slow economic growth to manage climate change. Not only would it be analytically unsound, it would also pose severe ethical difficulties and be so politically destructive as to fail as policy.”
Lord Nicholas Stern

“I start from the bedrock principle that we as a global society need more and more growth, because without growth there is no human development and those in poverty will never escape it”
Thomas L Friedman

‘Stability – Growth – Jobs’
G20

Against growth:

“The myth of growth has failed us. It has failed the two billion people who still live on less than $2 a day. It has failed the fragile ecological systems on which we depend for survival. It has failed, spectacularly, in its own terms, to provide economic stability and secure people’s livelihoods.”
Tim Jackson

“For the poor to get slightly less poor, the rich have to get very much richer. It would take around $166 worth of total global growth to generate $1 extra for people living on below $1 a day.”
Andrew Simms

“The natural world is no longer able to provide the sources and sinks for the metabolic throughput necessary to sustain the existing oversized economy – much less a growing one.”
Herman Daly

“In 1972, our projections suggested growth would end in this 21st century, and that still seems inevitable to me… Growth will not end gradually and peacefully in the distant future. It will end soon and suddenly through overshoot and collapse… The most common policy for solving current economic problems is a desperate effort to get the growth of the physical economy back onto its historical, exponential track. I know this policy will not work.”
David Meadows, author ‘Limits to Growth’

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