Capitalism eats nature for breakfast — that’s received wisdom among environmentalists. It’s wisdom that’s also increasingly being challenged these days — most recently during a lively debate last month in London sponsored by Intelligence Squared in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.
During the event, Conservancy Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva argued that economic growth, high finance and the corporate bottom line are not only compatible with healthy nature, but essential to it.
Kareiva was joined during the proceedings by Tony Juniper, former executive director of Friends of the Earth; Jeremy Oppenheim, director of McKinsey & Co.’s global practice on Sustainability and Resource Productivity; Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now; and Lucy Siegle, ethical living columnist for The Observer (UK).
Watch the video above or download the podcast of the event. Then let us know in the comments what you think.
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