Online Utrecht Degrowth Symposium: From circular economy to circular society
Experts warn of the high risk of climate change, resource scarcity and mass extinction of species if we continue on the current path of increasing resource extraction and dependence on fossil fuels as the main source of energy.
The concept of the circular economy so far has been largely promoted as a solution to enable the decoupling of economic growth from environmental degradation. Many scholars, on the other hand, argue that a democratic and equitable sustainability transformation cannot be achieved under conditions of continuous economic growth.
In this online symposium we will discuss how a circular economy and society can rise up to the above challenges by tackling the following questions:
- What does a de-growing circular society mean?
- Why do we need to transition from a circular economy to a circular society?
- How can a transition to circularity address social and environmental well-being, while reducing humanity’s global environmental footprint?
- Which policy solutions are possible for a circular economy and society that stay within the planet's boundaries?