this is (to me), as Peter Victor mentions at one point 'the nut'
Be it resolved that building an environmentally sustainable society will require an end to economic growth. this 'debate' or maybe better, 'cogent discussion,' took place January 20 at the University of Ottawa: http://www.sustainableprosperity.ca/debate
a webcast is now available: http://126.96.36.199/mediasite/SilverlightPlayer/Default.aspx?peid=5c9...
if you watch the webcast you may want to skip to 25 minutes in to avoid being turned off by the usual CBC incompetence, and you will have to download Microsoft Silverlight as well ( http://www.silverlight.net/getstarted/ )
and there are (at least) two important books (links are to the Toronto Public Library):
Peter Victor: Managing Without Growth: Slower by Design, Not Disaster - http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2491945&R=2491945
Tim Jackson: Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet - http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2579147&R=2579147
I hope that at least some of you think this a worthy discussion topic.