It isn’t ‘growth’ that is the issue really but the way ‘growth’ is occurring that is the problem. The author needs to come up with a term that differentiates between destructive growth and sustainable growth.
All growth isn’t negative or at least, all growth cannot be stopped as population continues to grow in any case.
Once primitive tribes practiced slash and burn agriculture when human populations were small. Now mega corporations do much the same thing over immense areas where virgin old growth forest and jungle is clear cut and turned into palm oil plantations and soybean farms or cattle pasture.
We have massive open pit mines and toxic runoff, fracking that poisons ground water and huge dams that flood vast stretches of a river’s watersheds, oil spills that aren’t adequately cleaned up and so forth.
Capitalism will have to devise a version of sustain and trade where an exploitive destructive process can be traded in for a sustainable version or at least a less destructive version perhaps somewhere else that isn’t so environmentally sensitive or so hazardous to people.
People are doomed to failure if they think growth can or even should be stopped. That would only be possible if large numbers of people died or were prevented from having children.
Instead we need to devote our efforts to creating more viable growth for an ever increasing population. More efficient use of the land and resources we already use is step one. Americans finally accepted that aluminum cans need to be recycled and now we like it because it works. Our laws made it easy for people to recycle and so they do so enthusiastically. It was just common sense.
I would much rather see a GMO palm oil plantation growing out in the ‘empty’ desert than see them consume the orangutan habitat jungles of Indonesia. To simply say no palm oil plantations isn’t going to work.
Maybe science and governments could get together and corporate palm oil could trade land for jungle restoration for empty desert land (watered by solar powered desalination) in impoverished countries and create jobs and profits for the host country and the original country etc in a trade?
All I know is that simply saying “you shouldn’t behave so badly” may work with children but not with corporations. Nevertheless they are only concerned with profits and nothing else. Show a palm oil corporate farm that it can make two dollars profit for every one dollar of profit if it relocated to the west coast of the Sahara and it will go there.
We need to create better types of growth - more efficient and less destructive - because our population continues to grow and that must be accounted for.