Hinckley Institute Radio Hour: DeCarbonizing The Economy, Juliet Schor

JulietSchorThe Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: June 25, 2014)Dr. Juliet Schor is professor of sociology at Boston College, and she taught economics at Harvard University for 17 years.  She has published several best selling books about work practices, wellbeing, and the environment including, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (1992), and Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (2010).  Schor is a co-founder and co-chair of the Board of the Center for a New American Dream, a national sustainability organization.

Schor examines the discourse of whether economic growth can be “de-coupled” from environmental degradation and fossil fuel-intensive development.  “Green Growth” contends that the capitalist model and technological innovations can lead to sustainability.  But Schor says that proponents of a “slow-growth” or “no-growth” economy argue the current economic model is the problem, and cannot continue.  Schor argues that alternative economic measurements to GDP – such as “gross national well being”, along with fewer average working hours are important factors for reducing carbon emissions.  Schor spoke at the Hinckley Institute on February 28th, 2014.  You can learn more about her work here.