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Economic Growth: Bane or
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Economic Growth: Bane or Boon? 
Head to head debate between Daniel Ben-Ami and Jonathon Porritt
Oct 2010
Limits to Growth
Limits to Growth debate with Daniel Ben-Ami, 
Richard Dyer and Phil O'Keefe, August 2010
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Food & Water Security debate with Tony Allan, 
Jennie Barron, Julia Brown and Ben Campbell,
March 2010
Living in a Changing World
Living in a Changing World, 2010
Getting Real About Energy
Video of Getting Real About Energy at EGU 2010
Don't Shout at the Telly North East 2009
Don't Shout at the Telly North East 2009
Flush it (10 min edit)
10 minute edit of WORLDwrite video Flush it
Keeping Africa Small
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I'm a subsistence farmer ... Get me out of here!
I'm a Subsistence Farmer ... Get Me Out Of Here! debate

Head to Head: Daniel Ben-Ami and Jonathon Porritt

Economic Growth: Bane or Boon?
Video of debate held at Northumbria University, 19 October 2010
Sponsored by The Policy Press

Video sponsored by The Policy Press
Is economic growth a good thing? Until the 1970s few would have even thought of asking this question. Yet today the West is often seen as guilty of overconsumption, while the rapid growth of developing countries such as China and India is seen by many in a highly negative light. People who champion growth are accused of encouraging greed, damaging the environment and widening social inequalities. Daniel Ben-Ami, in his new book Ferraris for all, challenges these notions, arguing that society as a whole benefits from greater affluence and that we should celebrate growth. Renowned environmentalist and writer Jonathon Porritt disagrees and took up the arguments in this head to head debate.
Chair: Caspar Hewett

Introduction to speakers

Daniel Ben-Ami's introductory remarks

Jonathon Porritt's introductory remarks

Part 3 - speakers respond to each others' introductions

Part 4 - first round of audience contributions (audio only)

Part 5 - first set of speakers' responses

Part 6 - second round of audience contributions (audio only)

Part 7 - second set of speaker responses

Part 8 - third round of audience contributions (audio only)

Part 9 - third set of speaker responses

Part 10 - final points

Part of the North East Education for Sustainable Development initiative in association with
Northumbria University RCE North East

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Ferraris for All: In Defence of Economic Progress
by Daniel Ben-Ami Cowardly Capitalism by Daniel Ben-Ami Capitalism as If the World Matters by Jonathon Porritt Globalism and Regionalism by Jonathon Porritt Playing Safe: Science and the Environment (Prospects for Tomorrow)
by Jonathon Porritt and Yorick Blumenfeld

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Daniel Ben-Ami Wikipedia entry
There is no ‘paradox of prosperity’ by Daniel Ben-Ami
The dismal quackery of eco-economics by Daniel Ben-Ami
New Labour's economy: healthy, sluggish, dull by Daniel Ben-Ami
Throwing salt on 'the scar of Africa' by Daniel Ben-Ami
Sky News TV: Debate with Friends of the Earth on the economics of climate change
The teenage face of Bush and Blair by Daniel Ben-Ami

Jonathon Porritt's blog
Jonathon Porritt in The Guardian
Living within our means: avoiding the ultimate recession by Jonathon Porritt
The New Statesman Profile of Jonathon Porritt by Hywel Williams

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Limits to Growth in the 21st Century video of debate held as part of The Great Debate Green Phoenix Festival Programme, August 2010
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