Eurobodalla resident Martin Tye of Broulee, has been appointed Director of the Australian Regional Communities Chapter of “the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy” (CASSE).
“That’s quite a mouthful” Martin says, “What it means is that our region will become part of a global network responsible for promoting the Steady State Economy”.
“Our current system seeks only endless ‘growth’, to get continually bigger, lacking any notion of optimal scale. The Steady State Economy, on the other hand, seeks that optimal scale and strives to maximise efficiency and opportunity within it. It’s about people, not spreadsheets- a huge point of difference!”
Broader ideas with a social foundation and an ecological ceiling are now emerging as the logical evolution in the way we organise ourselves on this finite planet. Merely “growing” is far too narrow and simplistic a goal, it’s a thing of the past.
“What we now call growth feeds off its own foundations and ultimately undermines itself. It should have been buried decades ago” according to Martin.
Reality is proving the “endless growth on a finite planet” concept a miserable failure, with very dangerous flaws. Evidenced by drought, bushfires, climate change, loss of ecosystems, overcrowded cities, declining health and well-being outcomes, and an increasingly unstable economy. Martin believes the time has come for a restructuring.
“It’s time to re-assess our goals and to look at new ways to organise ourselves- it’s time to transform” Martin says.
He likens this transition to the historical journey’s people undertook to seek new opportunities and a better future. "The journey to a Steady State Economy will not be so much a physical relocation as a journey of the mind, of ideas, a time for new creative people to emerge. We’ll be freed from the shackles of the short term GDP figure, and able to pursue our true potential, over the longer term.
"CASSE is a global organisation based in Virginia, USA. Boasting an impressive array of thinkers across many disciplines (in particular ecology and economics). CASSE has plenty of credibility. The task is now to get the message out there, to get the people involved, and to start a groundswell movement for change.
“Yes this is big picture stuff” Martin says “but the micro level can only do so much, at best it can buy us a bit of time. As the enormous social, environmental and even economic price we are paying for attempting to sustain the current outdated thinking becomes increasingly evident, I believe the mood for change is growing. Maybe, this is our time.”
Martin is looking for local people willing to support his campaign. You can contact him via his FB page: and/or “Follow” him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/martinrev21.
You can also assist by signing the petition for a Steady State Economy: https://steadystate.org/act/sign-the-position/