It’s been a sad day for us at Die-alogue Cafe. We have learned that Herman Daly the father of ecological economics died on 28 October 2022. He was 84.
Tributes have been posted in newspapers and online around the world. Herman was one of the first to shine a light on the inconsistencies contained within classical economic theory. Trouble is, this theory has taken hold in the minds of powerful interests who have and continue to use it as the basis of economic practice. He said in response to this way of thinking – that is in denial when it comes to acknowledging that the earth is the source of all our social and financial actions – that we are all now trapped within the clutches of exploitation and waste – treating the earth as if it were a business in liquidation.
We can’t hope to capture the full extent of Herman Daly’s contribution to challenging the status quo. We can however, provide you with some references for further reading.
In: The inconvenient truth of Herman Daly: There is no economy without environment, Jon D.Erickson, Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, University of Vermont (11 November 2022) writing The Conversation, said: Herman Daly had a flair for stating the obvious. When an economy creates more costs than benefits, he called it “uneconomic growth.” But you won’t find that conclusion in economics textbooks. Even suggesting that economic growth could cost more than it’s worth can be seen as economic heresy.
We mourn the death of a giant
Herman Daly, co-founder of the discipline of ecological economics, champion of the steady-state economy and a long-time voice for sanity on population. We add our praise to the chorus.
The Overpopulation Project, 8 November 2022
Herman Daly Challenged the Economic Gospel of Growth https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/08/business/economy/herman-daly-dead.html
Herman Daly never gave up working for what he believed to be in the best interests of the children of the future. He talked about planting a seed from which future generations might find inspiration to build on the knowledge he had gained.
Herman Daly might be dead as a physical body but his ideas and those who came to know and work with him, who are still living, will build on this, and continue to build the framework for a more just human understanding of how things really work in nature. We must copy and mimic how the biosphere behaves and by extension put these into practices, passing them on to our children and those who follow.