Degrowth, sustainability and libraries in an extractivist society during the Anthropocene. A space for ideas and information resources

Jan 3, 2017

On Libraries in degrowth. Libraries in degrowth. By Edgardo Civallero

On 'Libraries in degrowth'


About the contents

Degrowth is a social movement anchored in ecologism, anti-capitalism and anti-consumerism. Basically, it proposes that there are biophysical limits to growth that have already been exceeded (causing an alarming exhaustion of natural and energy resources) and it is therefore necessary to drastically reduce the levels of production and consumption ― these levels being the main causes of all environmental problems (climate change, pollution, threats to biodiversity) and of many social inequalities.

Degrowth does not entail a decline in fundamental human well-being. Much on the contrary, its proponents argue that a decrease in consumption would create non-consumerist ways of life, much healthier in every possible way. It would also stop First World's neocolonialism: the massive and sustained use of global natural resources to maintain lifestyles that squander food and energy resources and generate huge amounts of waste, at the expense of the Third World.

This site, Libraries in degrowth, is intended to confront the reader ―specially librarians all over the world― with the impossibility of unlimited growth in a finite biosphere, and is aimed at introducing the notion of sustainability and other concepts related to it ― in particular "degrowth", which remains ignored in many forums on sustainable development, including libraries. The texts published in this digital plaform will also address the links that can be established among sustainability, activism, and libraries' services, activities and policies. The ideas presented here are meant to serve as starting points, guidelines or major strands to help readers search through international bibliography on an issue in need of urgent attention.


About the site

Libraries in degrowth is maintained by Edgardo Civallero, as a part of his work on the relation between libraries and sustainability.



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