An alternative explanation of unsustainability

Le 8 novembre à 12h00

Lunch debate cycle with Francesco Sarracino

People's greed and lack of care for future generations are usually seen as the origin of unsustainability and of the environmental tragedies of our time. Defensive growth theory provides an alternative explanation to unsustainability: the more people care for the environment and for future generations, the more they can adopt behaviors that harm the environment.

This paradoxical outcome is possible when collective action is impossible: the less people believe that others and the institutions can be trusted to do their part in a collective effort, the more they will turn to private solutions that ultimately harm the environment. This suggests that promoting trust and social relations facilitates the uptaking of environmentally friendly behaviors and complying with public policies.

The lunch debate will take place on November 8, 2022 @12h

Address: House of Startups, 9, rue du Laboratoire, L-1911 Luxembourg

Free Registration

An initiative of Plaidons Responsable by and the House of Startups

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