Category: Opinion piece


Decoupling Our Future from Our Past: Reflections on Sustainable Development

When Sustainable Development is discussed, several issues concerning the term “sustainable growth” come to the fore across scales. First, the term “decoupling” is problematic when used in reference to GDP growth and resource use/carbon emissions. Second, historical and global inequalities remain embedded in Eurocentric epistemologies such as the Modernization Theory, Progressivism and others. Finally, diverse, inclusive, and plural worldviews are sometimes excluded in policies for the sustainable transition.