New Economics Podcast: Can capitalism save the climate

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Adrienne Buller and Brett Christophers

Worried about your carbon emissions? Don’t stress! You can pump out as much as you want — as long as you buy some offsets to balance it out. Scared of the collapse of wildlife? No problem! We can figure out how much money our ecosystems are worth, and let the market do the rest!

Welcome to the logic of green capitalism. Fossil fuel giants claim to celebrate sustainability while pumping out toxic emissions. Governments are relying on carbon offsets to make their climate promises add up. And we’re told that we can fight the climate crisis with the magic of economic markets.

Why have corporations got so interested in sustainability? Will carbon offsets save us — or are they just a cute accounting trick? And if wind and solar energy are so cheap, why haven’t we embraced them?

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Adrienne Buller, author of The Value of a Whale: On the illusions of green capitalism, and Brett Christophers, author of The Price is Wrong: Why capitalism won’t save the planet.

Music by Serge Quadrado, used under Creative Commons licence: cre​ativecom​mons​.org/​l​i​c​e​n​s​e​s​/​b​y​-​n​c​/4.0/.

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