It seems as if we are commonly told that the answer to whatever problem our communities are facing is more density, more houses, better transportation networks and more opportunities for consumerism. In other words that we must keep growing to keep feeding the machine that our society has become. I don’t know about you, but when I look around, I see some cracks in the facade and many people questioning whether the powers that be are making decisions that are in the long term best interest of all people. Are we, as the following clip suggests, “addicted to growth”?

This movie aims to put the theory of “growth as the only viable solution” to task.

Check out the website Growthbusters, and see if there are screenings in your area. If not, maybe you want to buy a copy and host a movie night? Even if you don’t see eye to eye with the premise presented here, it would offer a great night of discussions and probably open up your friends to the decisions we need to be aware of as society changes.

For more information on the ideas presented, you could check out the following books: Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change, The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience and The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.