Ecological and environmental economics

Similar names, but startlingly different approaches. I found this post on the New Economics Forum blog helpful in reflecting on the differences, but also in a call to arms for unity between the disciplines. Economics specialists need to be brave enough to go outside their discipline and tackle the wider associated issues, but those critiquing contemporary economic orthodoxy too often fail to fully grasp what they oppose, or provide viable alternative solutions. Like or not, we probably all have to have at least a minimal economic literacy.

Which of course is why groups like nef and CASSE and various individuals are so valuable – attempting to provide a vision of a new economic reality based on strong understanding of where we are now, where it hasn’t worked, and of course, where it has.

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