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Monday, 20 March 2023

Effectively climate change probably needs bigger, more systemic changes than what we’re doing right now


Could the way we’re tackling the climate crisis be misguided? The Value of a Whale: On the Illusions of Green Capitalism by Adrienne Buller takes on various shortcomings in how world leaders and financial institutions are going about trying to address climate change. To Buller, focusing on things like expanding personal EV adoption rather than fixing transit systems and clinging on to carbon offsets instead of meaningfully decarbonizing are among the many distractions she argues might leave us with larger issues to tackle later on. Financing problems, particularly for countries in the global south that rely on expensive debt from rich countries, is also a fundamental concern she argues will likely intensify existing global inequalities. Large scale regulations or public trusts implemented at the national level, she suggests, might deserve a little more attention in the battle against climate disaster.

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