The 5th Degrowth Summer School was hosted from the 4th to the 8th of August, 2019 at the Klimacamp Leipziger Land, Pödelwitz, Germany. This year the Summer School aimed to support the resistance of the people from the threatened village of Pödelwitz, as well as the resistance of people all over the world whose villages and livelihoods are threatened by the consequences of climate change and the hunger for resources of growth-oriented economic and social systems. I had the privilege to be part of the Summer school supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Sustainable Climate department.
I did not have a clear understanding of what Degrowth is about and how it relates to climate change and energy. I saw them as two separate entities only to realise that degrowth is rooted in every sphere of our lives, and that it plays a huge role in how we will deal with the impacts of climate change now and in the future. Degrowth is a political, economic, and social movement based on ecological economics, anti-consumerist and anti-capitalist ideas. It is also considered an essential economic strategy responding to the limits-to-growth dilemma. Click here to read more.