The Economics of Extinction

Summary: In this teach-in, we discuss the myth of infinite economic growth upon which our current economy is founded. Then we will proceed to discuss how this mythical thinking necessarily leads to disparity between rich and poor countries as well as the destruction of Mother Earth, loss of biodiversity, loss of ecosystems, and the current mass extinction event. Lastly, we will discuss new economic models and strategies for economic sustainability, such as Bhutan’s “Gross National Happiness Index” and Bolivia’s granting equal rights to nature.

Sarah Bexill, a PhD from the Institute for Human – Animal Connection of the University of Denver

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