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Should we pursue boundless economic growth?

Is growth the source of our climate crisis or the means to fixing it? Two contributors go head-to-head

Yes—John Browne

Of course we should pursue boundless growth. This is how the world will get better. Things can never be perfect, but even in my lifetime I have seen many objective improvements. Child mortality levels are falling and life expectancy growing. Every day more children are getting the calories they need, receiving primary education and becoming literate. What this means is that more people are empowered to make choices about the way they want to live. 

All this dramatic progress is underpinned by economic growth, and growth rests squarely…

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