Film: Life After Growth

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(director’s remarks and a children’s version follow)

Posted on vimeo:

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Directed, Written, Shot, and Edited by Leah Temper and Claudia Medina

IT’S TIME TO RECLAIM THE ECONOMY

The economic crash of 2008 revealed not only the frailty and vulnerability of the economic system, it also showed the false basis that the growth economy is built on – the financial bubble grows bigger and crashes bigger, but we don’t seem to be getting any happier. To the contrary, we suffer from greater job insecurity and environmental chaos threatens.

The prescription from the mainstream economists is more growth – but is this just taking more of what ails us?

Has growth become uneconomic?

Is there another way?

This film is part of an ongoing project to document the rise of a new movement – calling not for more economic growth, but LESS. The degrowth movement, or mouvement pour la décroissance, argues that through a voluntary reduction of the economy we can work less, consume less and live better, fuller lives.

Many have been pointing out that our current economic system is leading us to an environmental and social catastrophe. Life After Growth begins to point to the people and communities who are looking for ways out. These are the pioneers who are rethinking the role of economics in our lives and are engaging in different types of economic activity, right now.

The D word is still taboo in many circles – politicians are loath to go against the growth orthodoxy that our society is based on. But everywhere people are engaging in degrowth activity – the beginning of a wave that is laying the groundwork for a postcapitalist future.

Because it’s not the size of the economy that counts, it’s how you use it!

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And here, from another source, is a children’s version:

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