Collision Course: Kerryn Higgs (#211)
How and why did our society come to value economic growth so highly that we pursue it at the risk of our long-term survival? For some time scientists have warned that human civilization is living beyond the ecological means of our planet. Yet our commitment to economic growth is unwavering. Australian writer Kerryn Higgs chronicled this triumph of denial over science in her book, Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet. This book is impressively researched. She shares her findings here.
I sat down with her in April, 2017 for a two-part interview exploring how and why our society came to value economic growth so highly that we pursue it at the risk of our long-term survival. In this first part, Higgs provides a history of our love affair with economic growth, a quick survey of what science has been telling us, and a summary of why we’ve so far chosen to ignore the science.
Kerryn Higgs taught history at Melbourne University and environmental studies at the University of New South Wales. She’s a University Associate at the University of Tasmania, where she received her PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies.
Kerryn’s Book: Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet