Politicians across Europe have become obsessed with looking at economic growth in terms of GDP as an essential component of individual and collective prosperity. Low grow rates are likely going forward and there is fundamental uncertainty about future growth prospects.
The challenge for European citizens and politicians is to accept this uncertainty and to create a society that frees itself from the shackles of looking at growth on its own – a society which focuses on other ways to ensure wellbeing and prosperity.
Economic growth is blind to inequality and insecurity, growth is invisible from our ecological footprint because of the environmental damage it causes and because of its contribution to the depletion of our natural resources.
The Green Party wants to shift away from the growth rhetoric and focus on real objectives like fighting climate change, reducing inequality in wealth and in society, creating jobs, and improving life satisfaction.
Green Party candidate Roscommon/Galway