SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Capitalism and climate breakdown: from analysis to rebellion

Julia Steinberger and Elena Hofferberth

Date: 16 October 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 16 October 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: ALT

Type of Event: Seminar

In this talk, we first cover the (physical) science basis and the case for a climate emergency. Depending on the economic interpretation of the causal dynamics connecting fossil fuels and the economy, entirely different proposals for tackling climate breakdown are put forward. We will discuss green growth reformist proposals and contrast them with radical degrowth ones. We summarise the empirical evidence on either side of this debate. We explore the implications of current Green New Deal and Just Transition proposals. We end by encouraging a debate on the topic of which economic science is needed for our planetary future.

Organiser: Dr Antonio Andreoni

Contact email: aa155@soas.ac.uk

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