Green Economics Methodology: An Introduction




  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: The Green Economics Institute (2 Nov. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 190754335X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907543357



Were you aware that due to dangerous and runaway climate-change, much of humanity may be forced to migrate, towards the Polar Regions and to live together at a density previously unimaginable, as many of the other areas of the planet may become uninhabitable or unable to sustain our crops or our food? Scientists predict this is a realistic scenario if we do not change the way we treat our planet. Hurricane Sandy is just the latest episode in this process. The cost of Sandy has been estimated up to US $60 billion, and this is, according to many scientists, only just the beginning of what they have predicted!

We, human beings and our economy, are entirely dependent on benevolent climatic conditions, in which we can thrive and on which our entire ” civilisation” has developed up to now. We don’t really know what will happen under very different conditions! The New York Stock Exchange for example had to be shut down for the first time in years, because of the hurricane. Are you concerned about environmental problems, but always wondered how, for example, climate change will affect you and your society, and wondered what can be done?

This book will introduce you to what Green Economics is, and how you can take a critical look at the mainstream economic modelswhich are used in today’s economy.

The book is an edited volume and a compilation of essays, views, speeches about Green Economics its the methodology. It includes a wide range of the background discourse of Green Economics and how it already has affected politics in different societies and challenges main stream assumptions. You will find discussions on how Green Economics questions and replaces basic economic ideas such asgrowth, mass consumption and savings, and also how Green Economics gives the reader knowledge ofhow we can meet the challenges of climate change and the degradation of biodiversity. Some articles discuss other environmental approaches for example sustainable development and the Stern Review.

In the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in interest in environmental problems and the transformation towards Green Jobs and a Green Economy.Inequalities between people, within and between nations, and between present and future generations as well as social and environmental destruction is threatening the human species, but today’s global mainstream economy does not seem to take these risks into account (Kennet 2012). 15 Green Economics Methodology : An Introduction. So, an important question is to ask is, what is Green economics? According to Jociute and Turk (2011) the world has changed, and Green Economics, as a discipline which inherently takes account of the long term effects of widespread population inequality, climate change and biodiversity loss, has been waiting to take the mantle. Its time has now arrived. Green economics looks at the current dualism between ecology and the economy, and argues that these two must go hand in hand together, because mass consumption in today’s world leads to the exhaustion of natural resources and it risks even causing the extinction of the human species.

Today’s markets are correctly reflecting and indicating that traditional economic instruments and tools are no longer are working (Jociute and Turk 2011).Therefore new methods of creating a more natural “economics of abundance, ” a truly green economics need to be urgently developed and implemented and this book tells its story so far and how to use it in your work and your activities and also how to nuture this small seed of hope which is doing the rounds of governments all over the planet. Green Economics is at once a beacon of hope for a more equitable planet and also one of the most exciting drivers of contemporary world economics innovation!