Sustainable Economics (Earth Matters Unit)
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Background Reading: The Economics of Sustainability
Some economists have promoted “ecological economics,” challenging the idea that growth is always good, especially when that growth depletes our “natural capital.”
Case Study Reading: Measuring the “State” of Maryland
One state adapts a new economic indicator that goes beyond the traditional GDP to measure health care, safety and a clean environment.
Changing Values: Students examine principles of growth that have been traditionally held in North America and determine whether they have changed in recent times.
Population Growth—It All Adds Up: Students collect and analyze print ads which promote growth and discuss whether an increased quality of life can be achieved without growth.