The Five Thousand Pound Life: Prosperity for a Finite Planet
Tim Jackson and Eduardo Porter
Recorded April 24, 2014
On April 24, 2014, Tim Jackson spoke on the shifting paths for achieving prosperity in our lives. While economic growth was once essential in reaching our current level of development, perhaps continued growth not only sees diminishing returns, but also detracts from our present happiness and future prosperity. In a world with finite ecological limits, how do we make what we need, get it to the people who need it, and nurture what we already have?
In this video, New York Times journalist Eduardo Porter engages Tim Jackson in discussion following Jackson’s lecture. In his questioning, Porter presses Jackson to articulate the differences between essential and non-essential economic growth, including the differences between achieving prosperity in low-income and high-income nations. Jackson explains how human relationships are articulated increasingly through material goods, and the danger this poses to the ecological limits of the planet.
The Five Thousand Pound Life (5KL) is an initiative of The Architectural League on new ways of thinking, talking, and acting on architecture, climate change, and our economic future.