The current model is unsustainable

I am one of those “Greenie good guys” (GGGs) that Ross Gittins (3/10) criticises for opposing endless growth. Yes, I worry deeply about the impact of our growth obsession on the environment. But, like Gittins, I also worry about the impact of the pandemic on job losses.

Gittins suggests that GGGs target their opposition to growth more specifically. Wise advice. But so too, should our governments target the post-pandemic recovery.

Let’s focus all the job-boosting efforts on sectors that are environmentally benign, such as education, healthcare, the arts, hospitality, renewables, and recycling, and cease promoting the current unsustainable economic model based largely on boosting population, housing construction and land clearing.

Ian Penrose The Age 4 October 2020

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