New Statesman Debate
This house believes that capitalism needs to fail in order for the planet to survive

It is now widely agreed that we face a global climate crisis, and we are already seeing the effects: rising temperatures and sea levels, species extinction and extreme weather. There is consensus that carbon emissions need to start falling fast. But there is less agreement on how this should be achieved. Is capitalism the problem or the solution? Can our current economic model have a role to play, with companies and consumers modifying their behaviour and investing in clean technologies? Or does the whole system of ownership, work and capital need a radical overhaul in order to create a sustainable society? We know where we need to be, but this debate will address the world’s most pressing issue: how do we get there?

Speakers include

Professor Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity Without Growth and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey

Noga Levy-Rapoport, climate justice advocate at the UK Student Climate Network

Caroline Lucas, former leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavilion

Baroness Verma, Conservative peer and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Dimitri Zenghelis, former Head of Economic Forecasting at HM Treasury and Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Chaired by Alona Ferber, Special Projects Editor at the New Statesman

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