Economist, Ecologist and writer Richard Douthwaite, who has died aged 69, is best known for his book The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet (1992).
This explores why the existing economic system is dependent on economic growth and how the pursuit of growth affects the environment and society.
In this newspaper, Michael Viney praised a “big, rich book with an old-fashioned resonance: economics as morality”.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan this week said: “Richard will be remembered for the kindness and creativity he showed as he worked on the development of a new sustainable economy.”
Describing him as an “intellectual cornerstone for the environmental movement in Ireland”, he added: “At this difficult time in our country, his wisdom and good humour in presenting an alternative economic analysis will be sadly missed.”...