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Rebecca Henderson spent her young adult years living two lives. At work, she preached the risks of resisting change to MBA students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, drawing on lessons she learned while watching factories close as a management consultant. But at home, she found comfort in the seeming permanence of nature and trees, whose leafy branches provided solace to her as a child. Business was ever-changing, but nature was constant. The revelation shook her world view. After debating whether to quit her job at MIT, Henderson started seeking out like-minded leaders who shared her concerns. Danielle Kost : What inspired you to discuss climate change in such personal terms?
There is widespread agreement in the natural sciences that observed increases in average global temperatures over the past century are due in large part to the anthropogenic human generated emission of greenhouse gases, primarily stemming from fossil fuel combustion and land use changes e. Many social processes have been identified for their contribution to climate change. However, few theoretical approaches have been used to study systematically the relations of the social with the biosphere. Our goal is to illustrate how the theory of metabolic rift provides a powerful approach for understanding human influence on the carbon cycle and global climate change. We extend the discussions of metabolism the relationship of exchange between nature and humans and metabolic rift to the biosphere in general and to the carbon cycle in particular. We situate our discussion of the metabolic rift in the historical context of an expanding, global capitalist system that largely influences the organization of human interactions with the environment.
Peter Newell and Matthew Paterson Climate capitalism: Global warming and the transformation of the global economy. Can capitalism effectively respond to climate change? This is the timely and critically important question posed by Peter Newell and Matthew Paterson at the beginning of their book, Climate Capitalism. It is the same question that motivated me to focus my own research on the topic of business and climate change nearly fifteen years ago. Unlike other environmental issues, such as ozone depletion or acid rain, climate change represents a far more systemic challenge to the contemporary path of capitalist development, which is premised on ever increasing production, consumption, use of natural resources, and disposal of waste.
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Park, Jonathan T. Capitalism was designed as a mechanism for efficiently allocating scarce resources, encouraging human ingenuity, and improving the quality of life for those willing and able to participate in the system. This economic model has been prodigiously effective at enabling people to convert natural resources into fungible commodities and monetary wealth. By transmuting vast amounts of natural resources into marketable products, capitalism has generated an unparalleled degree of wealth and prosperity. In theory, the production of wealth and the collective quality of life can be constantly enhanced under this economic model.
The risk of climate change is real, immediate, and very serious. Personally, I hope so. Our world and our economy need to face the risks of uncontrolled climate change — the sooner the better. Klein that as a society we should be doing something about climate change, and doing it at scale.