Growth will continue to lift hundreds of millions out of poverty
A growing number of academics are claiming that economic growth must stop because the planet is crossing environmental boundaries, and inequality between humans is increasing. They are wrong on both counts, and their agenda is a recipe for keeping poor people poor.
For the most important issues, growth has solved environmental problems, not created them. As societies become richer, individuals can afford to stop worrying about lacking food and sanitation, and start to worry about the environment.
Read Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate in six languages. It was published by media outlets around the world including Berlingske (Denmark, print only), Channel NewsAsia (Singapore), Vecer (Slovenia), My Republica (Nepal), The New Times (Rwanda), Times of Oman, The Daily Star (Lebanon), Finmag (Czech Republic) and Jornal de Negocios (Portugal).
On his Facebook page, Lomborg presents additional data showing that no-growth or de-growth is a bad prescription for the world. Both within and between countries, life satisfaction increases with higher income.