Steady State Economy Working Group: About

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Officers

  • Co-Chairs: Bridget Antze (bridget_antze<at>hotmail.com) and Jessica Lockhart (jessica.lockhart<at>umanitoba.ca)
  • Member at Large: Brian Czech (brian_czech<at>fws.gov
  • Treasurer: Avery Cook (aacook<at>gmail.com)
  • Secretary: Jacquelyn Kirkland (jacquelyn.kirkland<at>gmail.com)

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Mission

The Mission of the Working Group for a Steady State Economy is to address the conflict between economic growth and wildlife conservation. We support a steady state economy as a sustainable alternative to perpetual economic growth.

Goals:

  1. Educate members of The Wildlife Society, other natural resources professionals, students, public groups, and policy makers on the fundamental conflict between economic growth and wildlife conservation.
  2. Promote a steady state economy with a mildly fluctuating population and per capita consumption as an alternative to economic growth.
  3. Encourage discussions and research regarding the means conducive to the establishment of a steady state economy, including but not limited to educational tools, political strategies, and public policies.

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History

The WGSSE began with a symposium on economic growth sponsored by the Local Governance Working Group at TWS 1998 annual meeting in Buffalo, New York.

The number of people concerned about the conflict between economic growth and wildlife conservation, and the recognized need for a position statement on economic growth, led to the formation of WGSSE.

The working group was chartered as an official working group by TWS in 2006.