Promises and pitfalls of the green economy

SOURCE: World social science report 2013: changing global environments
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
TITLE AUTHOR(S): I.Turok, J.Borel-Saladin
SOURCE EDITOR(S): International Social Science Council
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 7949
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/2763

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The green economy is an important feature of policy discussions around the world. It is portrayed as part of the solution to the global economic crisis, and as an innovative, efficient means of advancing the climate change agenda. It promises a targeted economic stimulus to launch the transition to a low carbon economy and spur long-term prosperity based on radical new technologies and improvements in resource efficiency. Clearly, this is a seductive idea worthy of careful scrutiny by social scientists.