We must consider that managed degrowth is likely an impossible platform of change in regards to a political movement actively affecting change with broad support. A degrowth platform of reflection is another story. Degrowth as an academic reference is vital for growthers to reflect on. True degrowth must start with behavior and with tech following. If behavior is going to be adapted even around the margins than a proper degrowth “ism” need to be developed. This means active behavioral changes make critical decisions of what tech to use in the abstract and theoretical. It is important to realize the world is locked into the trap of growth by its nature so only some change can be affected. Failure is the end game but a less failure should be the goal of a degrowther.
A degrowth system would be similar to what the Amish do when the restrict tech based upon its effect on the community. Society is locked into a carbon trap with path dependencies of a car culture of growth. Delocalization is the result. Degrowthers should realize the planet will degrowth civilization and this will be done in a destructive way with abandonment, dysfunction, and the irrational. These forces of destructive change will be part of any degrowth managed or not but the destructive part can be mitigated with a managed process. Management requires behavior first with decisions on the tech and networks following this behavioral leadership. So the modern degrowther should focus on behavior as the beacon.
A critical area where degrowth can make a significant impact is at the local of people and place. Individuals and small groups can embrace degrowth for reason of Green Prepping. This means footprint reductions to increase resilience and sustainability in the face of shocks but also restoration of the planet at the local. The key thing to understand here is a degrowther at the local individual level will have to participate in growth to survive. What this means is a surreal of living with growth to leave it. This takes a special mindset of triage. Triage is a prioritization process. So, a degrowther at the grassroots level will have to use growth to degrowth by triaging out destructive growth for the constructive. The reason this approach must be taken is growth policies are firmly in charge and unmovably because of the nature of late stage capitalism and globalism. Competitive cooperative nature of globalism make change to a cooperative with less competition almost impossible because of the ingrained nature of competition to achieve the best results to systems. Price and performance are the new value. This makes public good secondary to the private profit.
With this understood than the individual must see past this and understand this system will break down in a self-organizing way. Growth cannot continue in a finite of limits. The individual then embraces degrowth with growth. This incongruous juxtaposition is a paradox. You manage your degrowth with growth resources. This takes a behavior of downsizing affluence and replacing the loss with Spiritual wealth of meaning because you are embracing poverty which is something alien to the status quo world of growth. This means using tech that preps for decline. It means embracing the old ways with the new in a hybridization that will require investment. Low carbon capture of the old ways of permaculture was done in localism, seasonality, and intermittency. To get to this point requires investments. Investments require being part of the growth world but these investments are in systems and tech less affluent but more sustainable and resilient. This is the poverty of it that yields the spiritual meaning of being prepped and greening of the planet. This key point is the paradox of degrowth. So, degrowth actually increases growth but the right kind of growth. The right kind of growth will be what is left when the macro world of growth fails which is locked in anyway.
So, the proper behavior will focus on the right investments that eventually allow a lower footprint. In the beginning of this process a managed “wise” growth is called for. It can be called a realistic degrowth. Efficiency is a key element but so is redundancy and slower living. To get to this slower living will require efficiency until diminishing returns are hit. These diminishing returns also must be defined differently and reflect the green of the planet and the prepping of the safety of the local of people and place instead of more performance at a cheaper price of the status quo. Status quo efficiency is really price based and degrowth efficiency “adapted” value based.
So, in a nut shell this is an inflection of behavior that drives a new growth that is a cocoon of a coming metamorphosis. The degrowth centered growth will be what is left when the other status quo growth is blown away by a decline process ultimately ending in collpase. Multiple seeds will appear on the landscape where localism has been planted once the storm of change passes by. A new degrowther will start with the acceptance of eventual collpase to begin his journey of growth based degrowth. Realgreenadaptation.blog