'Uneconomic Growth Disorder'

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'Expansion and Divergence' (E&D) is the systemic malfunction that led to the need to
create the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC' in 1992.

'Contraction and Convergence' (C&C) is the systemic correction that GCI proposed in
1995 to achieve the goal of the UNFCCC. In principle C&C was agreed at COP-3 in 1997.

In the chart below, five components of growth are measured and compared since 1750:

  1. Population
  2. Production/Consumption
  3. Pollution (CO2 emissions from fossil fuel burning)

  4. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations (ppmv)
  5. Temperature increasingly correlated to ppmv
  6. Production/Consumption (GDP)

The growth-rate of population is the fastest to start with;
But this is overtaken by production/consumption/pollution;
This is in turn is overtaken by the growth-rate of GDP (the measure of increased-prosperity).

This growth has become pathological & so is called 'Uneconomic Growth Disorder' (UGD).
It is called UGD for four reasons.

  1. UGD is driven by the impossible goal of limitless growth;
  2. The 'benefits' of UGD are increasingly maldistributed (E&D);
  3. The 'benefits' of E&D are increasingly negated by both the social and the environmental damage it causes;
  4. This 'economic growth' is increasingly uneconomic (onconomic) and overwhelms organic & personal growth.