Kohtuus / Degrowth documentary video piece is looking for an answer to the question, would we be happy in a society where there is necessarily no economical growth and the over-consumption of natural resources have been stopped? Kohtuus / Degrowth is a part of Happiness and Degrowth project that is in search of local degrowth methods in people’s everyday life in the means of art and science. The motivations for the project are the pressure from contemporary economical crisis, ecological challenges and people’s happiness. Degrowth ideology is clearly linked to the consumption of natural resources and could act as an economical model for the reduction of consumption and adding to people’s happiness. But, what could this mean in our everyday lives?
Kohtuus / Degrowth is situated in Salo, Finland. Salo is a town in economical turmoil due to Nokia factory’s layoffs, and the closing of the factory in 2012. Could degrowth or downshifting enable new era of happiness in Salo? The video shares thoughts from researchers Aleksi Neuvonen and Paavo Järvensivu as well as Salo residents Juha Punta and Salo market place seller. The imagery consists of existing degrowth ideas like local bio-organic farming, renting services, local travelling etc.
Kohtuus / Degrowth
Digital video, duration 00:08:31
Year of production: 2012