Saturday Seminar – Introducing the Degrowth Movement

Tutor/Facilitator Terry Leahy

Date: on/from Sat 18 May 2024 to Sat 18 May 2024
Frequency: Single Event
Class time: 2:30-3:30

Delivered ZOOM

Other information

To watch the seminar return here on the day at 2:20pm for a 2:30 start.

Presenter: Terry Leahy 

Degrowth is a lifestyle, a call for system change and a rapidly expanding international movement. Politicians aim for about 3% GDP growth per annum, which is a doubling every 23 years. This growth is killing the natural environment that keeps us alive. Many of us Australians feel stretched on our current income. But our planet demands that we use less stuff. We need to make it a lot easier to secure our basic necessities — while using less of the stuff we could do without. Degrowth is about working out how we can do this.

Terry Leahy is a sociologist and environmentalist. He was employed as a lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of NSW (1973 to 1988) and University of Newcastle (1990 to 2016). He is now a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle and is living in Melbourne. His areas of research include social theory, gender and feminist politics, the global environmental crisis and the public response, permaculture and rural agricultural projects in Indonesia and Africa.

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This seminar is open to all U3A Port Phillip members and subscribers and to the general public.

As there are limited numbers, please book in below.

This is an online live seminar, presented as a webinar on Zoom.

If you have not yet used Zoom, you will need to download Zoom onto your device in advance- click here for instructions.

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