Brian Czech is the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). He spent nearly 20 years at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service headquarters (the first conservation biologist ever hired by the agency) before resigning in 2017 to run CASSE. Brian is the author of several books, including: “Supply Shock”, “Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train”, and “The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy”. He has a Ph.D. from teh University of Arizona and is a thought leader in ecological economics.
In this episode, Brian discusses the Trophic Theory of Money, and why the expectation of unlimited economic growth may be a grand delusion. At the CASSE website (steadystate.org), you’ll see images and figures explaining why we all need to understand the global-scale context and crisis. Teasing out the difference between Environmental and Ecological Economics, Brian implores the audience to consider the emerging Gross National Happiness (GNH) index of Bhutan, rather than Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as a much better indicator of quality of life, well-being, and ecological sustainability. Indeed, asserts Brian, GDP is much more accurate and useful as a measure of environmental impact than it is an indicator of health, well-being and quality of life. He identifies conspicuous consumption as a key flaw in the growth economies of developed countries, and recognizes the cultural pathos underlying it. Encouraging each of us to demonstrate “Steady Statesmanship,” Brian sees that establishing a steady state economy is critical to our shared future and to our: national security, international stability, economic sustainability, and environmental protection.
Brian is working on Full and Sustainable Employment Act amendments to the existing Employment Act, among many other key initiatives. Learn more at steadystate.org. #steadystate