Global warming: an economic perspective
Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on August 11th, 2008
GLOBAL WARMING – An economic perspective
12 seminars with Dr Jim Crosthwaite
Date: 2 September to 18 November, Tuesdays
Time 6.30 to 8.30
Location: Trades Hall
For details about the course and the MSCP evening series, go to: www.mscp.org.au/es08.html
Global Warming: An Economic Perspective seeks to answer two questions – how can the phenomena of human-made climate change be understood from an economic perspective and what sorts of changes in economic mindset, policy and individual practice need to be brought about to help galvanise urgent action? The course is aimed at anyone who accepts the proposition that there is no economy without a living environment, but who nonetheless feels disoriented by the welter of political proposals on offer within mainstream and non-mainstream debate.
VALUES UNDERPINNING THE COURSE
Climate change is happening at a very fast rate. Melting of ice sheets and retreat of glaciers suggests that irreversible thresholds are being rapidly approached. The problem must be addressed quickly and deeply. This can only happen if governments around the world show strong leadership, avoid capture by vested interests, and address the major equity issues that will arise.
Economics like other disciplines can offer much in terms of understanding how the climate change problem arose, how it will affect future growth and development, how it can be stabilised, how to choose between technical options for mitigation and adaptation, and how international collective action can be achieved. Controversy rages amongst economists on these issues, not least because mainstream neo-classical economics has a different world view, as well as theories and methods to other economic schools such as ecological economics and political economy.