The living environment
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The green movement has argued, increasingly successfully, that the rate of growth pursued by Western economies, alongside increasing rates of production and consumption, is diminishing those resources at a faster rate than they can be replenished (see Dobson, 2000, for an accessible introduction to ‘green’ political theory). Furthermore, the western model of economic growth has been, in recent years, transplanted to developing nations as a model to tackle global poverty, and to former communist nations as a model to modernise and democratise those nations following the widespread collapse of communism. We can see this too in countries such as China that still profess their communist heritage but pursue a model of rapid economic growth. Indeed the two most dynamic economies in the current period, India and China, are both pursuing such an economic course. The adoption of an apparently global model of economic growth is, argues the green movement, deeply ﬂawed and itself unsustainable.