Not sure where to put this, so I'm putting it here.
I don't 'get' economics. So I'm hoping there might be some more knowledgeable people out there who can answer me these questions!
Firstly: is continued positive growth realistic? Doesn't positive growth rely on primary production, so theoretically if we used up all the natural resources then how could the economy continue to grow? If it continues to grow and we use up all the resources faster than necessary, isn't that a bad thing?
Secondly: I think many of us - probably most of us - use far more than we need to. What if everyone started buying less consumer goods and groceries? Would this be incredibly bad for our economy, or would the social and environmental benefits outweigh the economical negatives?