Responses to the Ecomodernist Manifesto

A brief note from SSM’s Mark Burton on critical responses to the “Ecomodernist Manifesto” that appeared recently.



Responses to the Ecomodernist Manifesto

I recently came upon An Ecomodernist Manifesto, and was staggered by the scale of its unwarranted assumptions and errors. It argues that the malign human impacts on the earth can be turned benign through the application of technology and further economic growth. Yet its authors claim to be environmentalists (or rather post-environmentalists.

I thought of writing a rebuttal, as I did of the New Climate Economy’s problematic (if less so) report. But there was so much wrong with it, from denial of the linkage between GDP growth and emissions (or rahter faith in yet to be demonstrated decoupling), via advocacy of nuclear power and unproven Carbon Capture and Storage, to a denigration of indigenous, pre-modern ways of life, that it was hard to know where to start.

Luckily four diverse, but complementary critiques haven appeared. Two from the degrowth / ecological economics perspective, one…

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