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This week long gathering in Montreal from May 13th to 19th 2012 brought together 340 academics, activists, environmentalists and indigenous peoples from Canada, the USA, Europe and Latin America, to present, discuss, share and celebrate our needs and hopes for diverse and more equitable societies in the Americas, on a post-growth healing earth. You can find the media and writtten results of our deliberations here.

Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio, the linkage of sustainable development to economic growth requires profound rethinking. It has not offered a convincing solution to one of the most dramatic crises in history: how to avert ecological collapse while enhancing social justice and improving life’s prospects. In advance of Rio plus 20, our Conference sought to challenge and move beyond the sustainable development agenda. A degrowth perspective helps us visualize and build towards a truly prosperous world.

Drawing from previous degrowth conferences in Paris and Barcelona in 2008 and 2010 respectively, the Montreal conference focused on the particular situations and dynamics of the Americas. What does degrowth mean for our Hemisphere with its rich geographical, cultural, social and economic diversity? How can degrowth models apply to different contexts from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego? What does degrowth mean for the indigenous peoples of the Americas and their aspirations for their lands and peoples? How can degrowth concepts be made audible, understandable and acceptable to rich North Americans?

Did you miss the conference? Want to refresh your memory? We've made a list of media coverage.

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Venice 2012
This conference is part of an ongoing degrowth discussion, including conferences held in Paris (2008) and Barcleona (2010), and another to be held in Venice in September 2012.

Download the Barcelona Bullet Points from 2010.





Holly Dressel
Alain Gras
David Suzuki
Andrea Levy
Elizabeth May
Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán

François Schneider
Joan Martinez-Alier
Joshua Farley
Luc Ferrandez
John Fullerton
John Grim

Juliet Schor
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Peter Victor
Serge Mongeau
William Rees

UdeM McGill University UQAM Concordia University HEC Montreal