9:00 AM09:00

Lund's Global Degrowth Day

On 1st June 2019 there will be many different public events all over the world to share alternatives to a growth-based society. In the Lund/Malmö-area we want to celebrate Global Degrowth Day as well, bringing together actors working for global justice, sustainability, and well-being. In Lund, the event will include two thought provoking keynote sessions on the notion of degrowth, its relation to technology, feminism and the way we are imagining our future. This will be combined with activities and workshops hosted by groups and organisations related to degrowth ideas. During the day we will provide you with a simple, organic and vegan lunch. Feel free to bring any food or fika! Degrowth is all about sharing and caring.

All people, groups, organizations and movements that feel connected to the degrowth ideas are asked to participate. We imagine a diverse movement with the aim of creating a more self-determined and thoughtful way of living together!

We hope someone from some of you will find the time to join us for the event! Please find information about the event below.

More about the program for the day

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4:00 PM16:00

Can policies bring change?

  • Pufendorfinstitutet, Lunds universitet (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There are many already existing alternatives that give an idea of how a just and sustainable world could look like – cooperatives, community organising, small-scale agriculture, bike kitchens, digital commons etc. However, they are still fairly marginal in a world dominated by the strive for profit, growth and long-distance trade.

Today’s policies – usually oriented towards growth and favouring large companies with powerful lobbies – are part of the problem. But can policies, if framed differently, become part of the solution instead?

At this event, we will address this very question by discussing degrowth policy proposals, how they are received in the current political realities and if/how progressive policies can be pushed into the policy-making bodies.

HUBERT BUCH-HANSEN (Copenhagen Business School)
MAX KOCH (Lund University; Institute for Degrowth Studies)
ANNIKA LILLEMETS (Vändpunkt party)
EKATERINA CHERTKOVSKAYA (Lund University; Institute for Degrowth Studies)
MARINA FYODOROVA (Lund University; Institute for Degrowth Studies)

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6:00 PM18:00

Sustainable and socially just food - panel discussion

How can we eat, produce and consume food in ecologically sustainable and socially just ways? In a world where food is mostly produced and distributed in industrial ways, using various chemicals, long transportation and excessive packaging, it might seem difficult. What is more, farmers are pressured by big players, and the work in agriculture is often extremely hard and poorly compensated. Enormous amounts of food are also wasted.

There are, however, local organisations that actively try to address these issues. In our first April event, the Institute for Degrowth Studies/Institutet för nerväxtstudier, will gather some of these actors in order to discuss their approaches and challenges.

Join in this panel discussion, spread the word and help us create an alternative future of food production and consumption!

**UPDATE: Confirmed participants are EcoLivs, Mossagården and Yalla Trappan**

Please note: The event will take place in the room Lilla Salen in ABF Malmö (Spånehusvägen 47)

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3:00 PM15:00

Sirens of circular economy – A lecture with Hervé Corvellec

  • Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Waste is an inevitable outcome of the economy geared on growth – with its overproduction, overconsumption and disposability. While we keep creating waste, the problem is that it does not disappear, even when the various recycling and waste management systems are in place. The circular economy comes with a promise to change this. In this lecture, however, it is argued that this promise is illusory. Hervé Corvellec (Service Management, Lund University) will take us through the promises and pitfalls of the circular economy to address the crucial question: what can be done with waste?

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7:00 PM19:00

How do we deal with waste? Learn to go zero-waste! – A visit to Gram with Rowan Drury

Even when knowing of problems with waste, it is not so easy to avoid it as an individual, with so much packaging and disposable items surrounding us everywhere. How does one even start? We thought visiting the very space that creates such an opportunity in practice is the way to go. At this event, we will visit Gram – a zero-waste shop in Malmö – and its founder, Rowan Drury, who will share her long-term knowledge and experience.

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1:00 PM13:00

An Economist’s Perspective on Degrowth - Lecture with Mikael Malmaeus

  • Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies (Biskopsgatan 3), lecture hall on the ground floor (map)
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Mikael will give a lecture on the topic, followed by Q&A. Please find the description of the lecture below.

Orthodox economists have usually assumed that technology alone can create economic growth without increasing the use of resources, a proposition supported by microeconomic production functions which have been in use since the 1930s. The association of growth with good economic performance can also be traced back to the same period with Keynes and the depression economics. Since the 1950s economic growth has been an official policy objective in most western countries. Low or negative growth is usually associated with hardship and economic instability. From this viewpoint degrowth is hardly compatible with a healthy economy.

Mainstream economics, however represents a very narrow view of the economy. In fact, neoclassical (microeconomic) production functions are not suitable for understanding the macro economy and the proposition that technology can fuel economic growth without increasing the use of material resources lacks empirical support. There is also limited theoretical support for the view that economic growth is necessary for economic stability. A broader understanding of the functioning of the real economy makes a much stronger case for degrowth, which will be further discussed at the events in Malmö and Lund.

Check up Mikael´s presentation here.

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