Speaker: Dr. Brian Czech
Subject: GDP as a Proxy for Ecological Footprint
Time: 14 Feb 2024 13:30 Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada)
GDP is recognized far and wide as a poor indicator of social wellbeing, even among conventional economists. Some, therefore, would dismiss GDP altogether as a “meaningless” indicator. However, GDP is an excellent measure of the size of the economy and, therefore, environmental impact. Statistically, GDP is a proxy for ecological footprint, and should be used to “weigh” the ever-bloating economic patient.
Brian Czech is the founding president and executive director of CASSE, the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (www.steadystate.org). Czech has also served in the headquarters of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and as a visiting professor at Virginia Tech. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with over 50 journal articles appearing in more than 20 journals. Czech is the author of four books, including his latest, Gag-Ordered No More: The 800-Pound Gorilla in the U.S. Government.