Friday, 9 May 2014

Two striking moments

For me the Q&A at the St. Paul's meeting produced two striking moments.

The first was when Christiana Figueres answered the question: What is the most important thing to do about climate change? Her answer - Put a price on carbon. That is, we need a carbon tax that is high enough to change behaviour. Admirably clear and brief.

The second was when a member of the audience asked: Since modern capitalism system requires constant growth do we need to replace capitalism? The moment came when  the audience applauded - the only question to be honoured with applause!

I also liked Tony Juniper's answer (my paraphrase): We don't have time to replace capitalism but we must reform it by breaking its obsession with economic growth.

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