CBC Ideas with Paul Kennedy
GREEN GROWTH: CAN PROFITS HELP THE PLANET?
It's widely acknowledged that unfettered economic growth is impossible. Yet our reliance on fossil fuels and a growth-based economy seem intractable. So is the notion of "green growth" the answer? Is there a way to capitalize on capitalist motives and practices and live sustainably?
Ed Barbier, Building the Green Economy
Panel 1: Low Carbon Economy Tom Pedersen, The Backdrop: How much time do we have?
James Meadowcroft, Let's get this transition moving!
Andrew Leach, The Canadian Economy in a Low Carbon World
Panel 2: Accelerating Clean Innovation
Peter Nicholson, Primer on Business Innovation in Canada
Dr. Richard Lipsey
Richard Hawkins, The Trouble with Innovation
Nick Johnstone, Inducing Environmental Innovation
Keynote address by Jeremy Oppenheim , Director for the New Climate Economy project at the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate;
Jeremy Oppenheim delivers a powerful speech on tackling the challenges of climate change in the context of economic growth. He describes the emerging energy future driven by large investments in disruptive technologies in the energy systems around the world, astonishing policy innovations and new business models. Canada’s economy, on the other hand, continues to be energy intensive and carbon intensive, with highly exposed assets prone to significant uncertainty and price volatility. Given Canada’s average economic performance compared to OECD countries, and given the future global energy markets, Oppenheim questions whether it is a good economic strategy for Canada to continue to invest in the oil sands and underinvest in renewable energies and the exploding clean tech sector.
Jeremy Oppenheim, Accelerating Canada’s Participation in the New Climate Economy
Panel 3: Building Sustainable Cities
Ann Dale, Sustainable Cities
Panel 4 - Natural Capital
Geoffrey Heal, Sustaining Natural Capital
We wish to extend a special thanks to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and SSHRC for their ongoing support
We wish to thank our major sponsor
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