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Environmentally Friendly Development: A Primary Objective of Development

Aris Ananta

Background and Objectives

Environmental objectives are sometimes seen as contradictory to development objectives. We hear how environmental sustainability is said to  hamper economic growth, and a trade-off is often said to exist  between the two.  This question of trade-off arises because we  equate economic growth as development, that economic growth is the primary objective of development.

However,  we  should realize that economic growth is not one of the objectives of development. Economic growth is only of the means (though important) to achieve the objectives of development. At the same time, environmental sustainability is one of the  important objectives of development. The other two important objectives of development are people centred development and justice.  With this framework, economic growth is supposed to create environmental sustainability, people centred development and justice. If economic growth cannot help achieving these objectives, then we should lower the economic growth.

This note is a critique to the mainstream economic analysis which focuses on economic growth. It discusses the three objectives  of development in more details, especially showing the contrasting difference with the mainstream economic analysis, often taught in many faculties/ departments of economic worldwide. It then  proposes some  statistics needed to monitor development using these three objectives. Finally, it concludes that greediness (murko, in Javanese) is the source of many crises now threatening the world, including the threat from global warming. Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Economy and Business

26 March 2013

Dear readers,

Attached is my powerpoint presented at International Conference on  Green World in Business and Technology. Yogyakarta, Ahmad Dahlan University, 23  March 2013.  Click Green Economy and Business

Some main points:

1. We need capitalists with heart  to create a sustainable environment

2. Green business is a promising, lucrative business

3. Green business needs innovation, creativity, passion and love

4. Passion and love are needed to produce justice

5. Green business can be done by both large enterprises and medium/ small enterprises.

 

I hope the powerpoint is useful for you, to help creating sustainable environment.

 

Best regards,

Aris Ananta

 

 

 

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