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Green Economic Conference "Can Degrowth be a Solution?"

Saturday, 19 December 2015
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Istanbul welcomes you for another event on Saturday, December 19th, as part of a series of economic conferences organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of the Green Thought Association.

The Green Economy Conference is in its 6th edition this year and will discuss the deficiencies of the existing global economic system. The seminar will provide a discussion of degrowth proposals as answering the challenges that humanity faces today, which will be followed by proposals of a transition towards degrowth.

Humanity is now at an important juncture, given the challenges brought to surface by the Triple Crisis of 2008. Today, we are consuming 50% more of what our nature’s yearly biocapacity can supply. We reached and are even going beyond the planetary limits.

Is it possible to continue with the business-as-usual scenario in which economic growth has been put as a panacea for problems ranging from poverty, rising inequality and environmental degradation? Or should we really start to question the idea of endless economic growth?



10.00 Welcome Speech, Kristian Brakel, Sevgi Mutlu;

10.30-12.30 Can Degrowth Be A Solution?

  • Speakers: Clive Spash, Federico Demaria, Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, Ethemcan Turhan;
  • Moderator: Menekşe Kızıldere;

12.30-13.30 Break;

13.30-15.30 Transition Strategies Towards A Post-growth Society;

  • Speakers: Molly Scott Cato, Bengi Akbulut, Orestes Kolokouris;
  • (Moderator: Asena Ulus).


Practical information

For any other details regarding the event you can send an E-mail to Sevgi Mutlu:


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