20 November 2009

An Economy Fit for a Low Carbon World - The Pre-COP Earthcast

3.30am Oz time, unfortunately...

From Earthscan, 20 November 2009

Wednesday 25 November 2009
5.00pm GMT, 9.00am PST, 12.00pm EST

>> Can economies be redesigned for a low-carbon future?
>> What opportunities does the financial crisis present?
>> Is a constructive agreement likely at Copenhagen?

Tim Jackson developed the first Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare for the UK (a ‘green GDP’) in the 1990s, and is now one of the most influential advocates of worldwide economic reform.

Focusing on climate change mitigation and happiness as measures of economic success, his recent book Prosperity Without Growth ‘has already begun to redefine the debate about how to achieve a future of human and planetary well-being’ (Juliet Schor, Boston College) and we are thrilled to provide you with this opportunity to debate the issues online.

In this special pre-Copenhagen Earthcast the expert panel will examine the challenges that lie ahead if current economic systems are to support the development of a low carbon future, and will be answering your questions submitted during the event.

Tim Jackson will be joined by Robert Costanza, contributor to the Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2010 and ecological economist Peter Victor for a debate that will explore ways of reorganising economies so that emissions reductions and well-being are prioritised.

Tim Jackson is Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE).

Robert Costanza is the Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, USA.

Peter Victor is an ecological economist, author of Managing without Growth, and Professor in Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada.'

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