The Great Environment and Economy Survey

Many ecological economists believe that our economy is on a collision course with the environment and a sustainable future.

We would like to know your views about what you think the relationship between the economy and environment should be. 

Our survey has 13 questions and should only take about 4-8 minutes to complete. The survey is open until Feb 29th, 2020.  CASSE NSW will share a summary of the survey results in March 2020.

CASSE NSW is an community environmental group that seeks your input on the issue of how to reach an economy that is ecologically sustainable in the long term (see https://www.casse-nsw.org.au/).

 Note we will be having an event on this on December 7th (10 am) at the Sydney Mechanic School of Arts (280 Pitt St, Sydney), to which you are cordially invited.

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* 1. Society and the economy can grow physically forever.

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* 2. The Economy should serve society.

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* 3. The economy must operate within the Earth’s ecological limits.

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* 4. Addressing climate change should be given a higher priority than pursuing economic growth.

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* 5. Which of the statements below do you agree with?

1)      “Growth” is about limitless use of resources and is good for the economy.

2)      “Growth” is about careful use and re-use of resources and is good for the economy.

3)      “Growth” is about limitless consumption of resources, is not possible on a finite planet and is not good for the economy or for life on earth.

Please choose the numbered question(s) with which you agree and provide any comments on the reasons for your answer(s) ?

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* 6. “Endless Economic Growth” should be abandoned as a policy and societal goal.

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* 7. The economy should be restructured to ensure everyone has enough (income & services) and has the opportunities for a good life.

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* 8. An ecologically sustainable economy (such as steady state economy) requires a stable population size.

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* 9. Nature has intrinsic value and a right to exist for itself.

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* 10. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2014), the 2017 Scientists Warning to Humanity, and the 2019 UN IPBES report on extinction all identify increasing population and consumption and the growth economy as three key drivers of the environmental crisis. Do you agree that society needs to work on all three, i.e. stabilise population, reduce consumption, and move to an economy that operates within the Earth’s ecological limits?

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* 11. We should seek new ways to create jobs, rather than creating jobs which result in degrading our environment.

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* 12. Communities need more input into the planning of State and local government, in matters where the local environment and the quality of the services delivered into that community are directly affected.

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* 13. The market should be regulated in the interests of nature and society.

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* 14. If we held an event with a discussion and a panel of good speakers (at a Sydney venue) on such questions, would you attend and if so please provide an email address in the space below so we can contact you. You can get more info from our site https://www.casse-nsw.org.au/ or Email us at cassenewsouthwales@gmail.com .

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