20 October 2020

This is the website of Research & Degrowth (R&D). R & D is an academic association dedicated to research, awareness raising, and events organization around the topic of degrowth.

 R&D defines degrowth as a multi-level voluntary path towards reduction of production and consumption aiming at ecological sustainability, good life, liberty, and social justice. For R&D, degrowth is grounded in ecology, ecological economics, anthropology, psychology, and social sciences in general. In the degrowth process, R&D is concerned with democracy, international cooperation, and understanding as opposed to societal closure, fragmentation and authoritarianism.

R&D strives to bring scientists, civil society, practitioners, and activists together to think, imagine, discuss, and create proposals for sustainable degrowth. R&D supports and aims to maintain a diversity of degrowth strategies for achieving social equity and ecological sustainability, including: grass-roots action and institutional interventions; academic and practical work; building of alternatives and opposition to environmentally and socially destructive projects and policies; local and international level work. At present R&D conducts the majority of its local activities in Spain and France, while organizing and co-organizing international events in various parts of Europe and beyond. R&D has presently about fifteen active members based in Barcelona and France. It has created an informal network with members in more than 40 countries.

R&D, like other organisations and associations working on the concept of degrowth, offers an example of an international alliance that is grounded on a strong critique of growth-based economy and consumer society. In spite of its radical challenging of the main underpinnings of the existing economic system, R&D has managed to work together with different (also political) stakeholders that helped to bring the debate on degrowth into otherwise closed political spaces.

Examples of their recent activities include a multistakeholder conference on degrowth in Brussels (September 2018) and the open letter to EU institutions on post-growth economy, signed by over 200 academics and published in 18 different language across the region. The R&D website contains a sizeable library on degrowth-related academic and other publications, campaigns and public events.

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Not only is the reduction in…

Not only is the reduction in consumption growth needed, but mainly the reduction of the population to the golden billion. To this end, there is a need to support the European Islamic Caliphate, the LGBT and the reduced impoverishment of a large part of the population destined for work and service of elites. It is necessary to implement the plan according to Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, who founds the Pan-European Union on the basis of his 1923 book "Pan-Europe".
Sometimes no further research is needed, just implement what was planned earlier.