Why do we keep consuming more?

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Sustainability, capitalism and everyday life

tirsdag 9. desember 2014, kl. 17:00

Sal: Nedjma

Arrangør: Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, in cooperation with Livelihoods in Developing Countries (LEVE ) and Oslo Centre for Research on Environmentally friendly Energy (CREE)

Inngang: Gratis

We know that our consumption levels in Norway and other rich countries are unsustainable, but still we keep consuming more. While initiatives to reduce the impacts of consumption tend to place all responsibility on individual consumers, it is obvious that there is much more than individual choice at play here. Around the globe, increased consumption continues to be equated with development and a better life, and indeed economic growth depends on increasing consumption.

This panel debate will discuss how our everyday consumption is related to the overall drive for growth in the economy and address these questions: What is the relationship between the culture of everyday consumption and the macro-economic drive for growth? Can sustainability be achieved within a growth economy?

Panelists:
Alan Warde, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester, UK
Richard Wilk, Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University, USA
Tanja Winther, Anthropologist, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo.
Monica Guillen-Royo, Economist, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo.

Convenor: Harold Wilhite, Professor of Anthropology, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo.