Can Decreix – A Research & Degrowth community project

Research & Degrowth is an international association of researchers from the field of economics, political ecology and social science, who dedicate their studies to research and degrowth. They voluntarily chose to reduce production and consumption in order to achieve environmental sustainability, quality of life, freedom and social justice. The target of R&D is, to encourage researchers, practitioners, activists and representatives of civil society to jointly develop proposals for a sustainable reduction of growth.
One practical example is the housing project Can Decreix. The Can Decreix project is a work in progress that is regularly supported by visitors from different countries. The house is open to those who would like to engage in the criticism of growth in theoretical and practical terms and live a sustainable life in the community. Can Decreix is a laboratory experimenting with the possibilities of a simple life.
This voluntary simplicity, combined with political activism and opposition to major projects that negatively impact the environment, is an important strategy of the degrowth movement. It represents an attempt to shrink people’s environmental footprint by reducing consumption and using fewer resources. A voluntary simplification of life is also intended to improve the overall quality of people’s lives and create more space for personal and artistic development. Nevertheless, voluntary simplicity s not a goal in itself for degrowth activists. Instead, the search for simple, energy-saving technologies is intended to raise awareness of alternatives to overabundance, and to create social leeway. The residents of Can Decreix and their visitors would like to combine the development of alternative lifestyles, academic work and political activism under one roof. At the same time, the house provides a venue for scientific and policy discussions that are borne out into civil society, and the residents therefore regularly organize conferences and international meetings.

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