Creative self-destruction: Climate crisis and ‘green capitalism’

Large corporations get away with ecocidal behaviour by obscuring the link between endless economic growth and environmental destruction

The upcoming Paris climate talks in December this year have been characterized as humanity’s last chance to respond to climate change. Many hope that this time some form of international agreement will be reached, committing the world to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

And yet there are clear signs that the much-touted “solutions” of emissions reduction targets and market mechanisms are insufficient for what is required.

In their new book, Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction, the authors look at reasons why this has come about. They argue that businesses are locked in a cycle of exploiting the world’s resources in ever more creative ways.

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