Voices of Africa 2012
Still one of our most popular and innovative books. A flagship book of voices from around Africa.
Edited by Miriam Kennet, Judith Felton, Mahelet Mekonen and Amana Winchester.
Green Economics is concerned with establishing definitions of an overall well- being and happiness for all people everywhere and the planet and earth systems, rather than deriving simplistic quantitative statistics. This special book was the seedcorn of the idea we had of voices from around the planet speaking directly to the reader without the interference of editors from developed countries changing the words and meaning. We leave the writer to speak to the reader directly from all over the world and this was the very first one which has now grown into a substantial collection of over 60 books and other publications and conferences all with the idea of giving everyone a voice.
The purpose of economics is redefined, positive and normative statements are clearly differentiated and a distinction is made between destruction on the one hand, calculated and hidden as economic “growth” and true growth and abundance of natural resources for people and nature on the other hand. Green Economics is reworking the philosophy behind economic theory, adding more recent philosophical discourses and ideas of “difference”.
It builds on its enlightenment roots, adding feminism, postmodernism, and ideas about institutions and scientific investigations. It adds back the social and ethical element to decision making, while acknowledging the pivotal role of women and nature in real wealth creation.
Green Economics opposes the simplistic undifferentiated growth imperative and many of the uncritical technical and social methods of economic propositions currently dominating economics but which are implicated in Global Environmental Change (GEC) and poverty.History, time, social and environmental justice are all incorporated back into the discourse to develop a truly “real” social and natural science, together with new learning from environmental science and philosophy. The Institute critically discusses Green Economics alternatives.
The Green Economics discipline is in the process of being shaped and is undergoing rapid development. Green Economics builds on insights from environmental and ecological economics, feminist theory, welfare economics, development economics, post structuralism and post Keynesian ideas, but moves beyond them to create a discipline that seeks to nurture new alternatives based on inter-generational equity and social and environmental justice.
It is a discipline which replaces stewardship, dominion and dominance over other people, nature, the planet and its processes, with an economics philosophy which shows concern for and co-operation with each other and acknowledges its embededness within nature. It also seeks to provide actual benefit for other people, non human species, the earth systems, and planetary processes rather than using them simply as disposable supplies or resources for the economy.
Key ideas include provisioning for all people everywhere, other species, nature, the planet and its systems, and always considering that everyone and everything on the planet has economics needs, impacts and responsibilities. All decision making and activities are based on the complex mesh of social and environmental justice.
Green Economics is the economics of doing and the economics of sharing with everyone and everything on the planet. Humans can’t survive on their own – we need each other and we need other species.
A Green Economics perspective no longer uses other things on the planet as throw away inputs or resources to the economy but as beneficiaries of the economics of sharing and of economics transactions. This is a unique and innovative stance in economics! This book was one of the first volume to bring these core ideas to the general reader and to provide an insight into its development, theory and features.