Should Capitalism Survive Climate Change?

Sat 29 Aug 17:30 - 18:30

The New York Times Main Theatre Online

Free, online

Should Capitalism Survive Climate Change?

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As COVID-19 has spread, the varying responses from the world’s governments has demonstrated catastrophic disparity and underpreparedness. In the push for growth and the prioritisation of short-term economic gain, the most vulnerable communities have been left behind in policy and in practice.

We live in a world where climate disasters will increasingly coincide with human-made disasters. What hope is there for broader changes to help us achieve environmental sustainability, social equality and health?

Business leaders have argued that it will be difficult to gain support for achieving zero emissions as early as 2030 because of the huge costs. But during a global pandemic, and with urgent calls for a radical reimagining of society, is this still the case? How can we prioritise tackling the climate crisis in dire economic times, and improve the lives of the most vulnerable?

Some of the world’s best thinkers and strategists on climate change, including Christiana Figueres, the former UN Secretary for Climate and international human rights lawyer Julian Aguon, join New York Times international climate reporter Somini Sengupta for a lively discussion on shaping a sustainable future with social justice at its heart.

This is a live event, with an author Q&A.

Part of our The New York Times Series series of events.

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