Sufficiency is a broad principle for social organisations with the potential to steer institutions and organisations – and maybe even the entire economy – away from continuous growth and the excessive costs of the fossil fuel regime. It holds the promise of a good life not just here and now, but into the distant future. Thomas Princen addressed this concept in his lecture “Sufficiency: A Behavior, a Practice, a Principle.”
The lecture was organised in collaboration between the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (LMU), the Chair of Environmental and Climate Policy, the Chair of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Design and Building and the Oskar von Miller Forum.
Professor Thomas Princen explores issues of social and ecological sustainability at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. He works on principles for sustainability (e. g. sufficiency), overconsumption, the language and ethics of resource use, localisation and the transition to fossil fuels.