“Water available as a commons shared freely and protected by all provides for all. However, it does not create growth. But when Coca-Cola sets up a plant, mines the water and fills plastic bottles with it, the economy grows. But this growth is based on creating poverty – both for nature and local communities. […] Healthy societies and communities do not contribute to growth, but disease creates growth through, for example, the sale of patented medicine.”
Vandana Shiva, well-known environment activist and anti-globalist, on growth (and GDP) in her article in the Guardian.
We should remember this when next time readings news on growing GDP..