In Memoriam: Richard Douthwaite

by: EJ on 11/17/2011
Posted in: Events

Richard Douthwaite (1942-2011) died on November 14th, 2011 after a long illness. Richard was the co-founder of Feasta, an Irish economic think tank focused on the economics of sustainability. He was also a council member of Comhar, the Irish government's national sustainability council. He acted as economic adviser to the Global Commons Institute from 1993 to 2005, during which time GCI developed the Contraction and Convergence approach to dealing with greenhouse gas emissions which has since been backed by many countries.

Richard is author of The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth has Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet (New Society, 1999), Short Circuit: Strengthening Local Economics for Security in an Unstable World (Green Books, 1996) and co-editor of Fleeing Vesuvius: Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collapse. (New Society 2011) A new book will be produced early in 2012 by Feasta‚Äôs climate group called Sharing for Survival: Restoring the climate, the commons and society.  It will include a chapter by Richard.

Richard inspired and mentored his friends and colleagues right to his last days.  Tributes to him on the Feasta website are coming in from around the world.  If you wish to add a short comment, you may do so here.  Please send longer messages to website [at]





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