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Wachstum - eine Diskussion
La croissance - une discussion
Growth - a discussion

Wachstumsforum - forum croissance
Wachstumsdikussion bei Klimawandel
Kyoto speakers' corner?
Wachtstumstabelle - table de taux de croissances - table of growth rates
"Sustainable growth"?
Economic growth is part and parcel of many speeches and programmes. However, on a planet with a fixed size, a political programme of economic growth is a questionnable goal at least: Many environmental problems are becoming ever larger because of economic growth.
A discussion on economic growth - we believe - is therefore a predominant task. In this sense we wrote to then president of the Swiss Confederation. Mr. Joseph Deiss did not fail to mention economic growth as an important societal goal in his New Year's speech of 2004.

Once Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy on the GDP contents: "The Gross National Product includes air pollution and advertising for cigarettes, and ambulance to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors, and jails for the people who break them. GNP includes the destruction of the redwoods and the death of Lake Superior. It grows with the production of napalm and missiles and nuclear warheads... And if GNP includes all this, there is much that it does not comprehend. It does not allow for the health of our families, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It is indifferent to the decency of our factories and the safety of our streets alike. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, or the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials... GNP measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile; and it can tell us everything about America - except whether we are proud to be Americans."

  • Ansprache vom 1.1.2004 vom Bundespräsidenten
  • Brief vom 14.1.2004 an den Bundespräsidenten
  • Antwort vom 17.2.2004
  • Unser Antwortbrief vom 28.3.2005 an Herrn Bundesrat Joseph Deiss
  • Eine alternative Antwort an Herrn Bundesrat Joseph Deiss
  • Réponse du 8.4.05 du seco
  • Notre lettre du 16.4.05 au seco
  • Unser Brief vom 16.4.2005 an Herrn Bundesrat Joseph Deiss
  • Unser Brief an Herrn Bundespräsident Samuel Schmid, vom 6.12.2005
  • Unser Briefe an den Bundesrat vom 13.12.2005
  • Unser Brief an Herrn Bundesrat Deiss (Entwurf), vom 28.2.2006

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  • Growth table
  • Nachhaltigkeit - durabilité
  • Entkoppelung von Wirtschaftswachstum und Umweltbelastung
  • Die Initiative - l'initiative
  • Argumentenliste
  • More is less - a discussion of small island examples
  • Englisch; Limits to Growth from the book "Towards a Sustainable Economy", von Ted Trainer (1996) (Eine nachhaltige Wirtschaft - oder, Grenzen des Wachstums - wirklich überholt?)
  • Einige Seiten aus dem Buch "Ein Planet wird geplündert", von Herbert Gruhl (1976)
  • Overshoot chapter 11 - Fact versus Faith
  • Glossar
    "Fachleute" meinen...
    Kyoto und Kohlenstoff-Haushalt
    Die Forschung kennt die Rezepte

    External links
  • Wirtschaft und Wachstum (auf

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