Why Capitalism Is Not Going To Save Us

The Price Is Wrong

What if our understanding of capitalism and climate is back to front? What if the problem is not that transitioning to renewables is too expensive, but that saving the planet is not sufficiently profitable? This is the claim renowned geographer Brett Christophers makes in his latest book, The Price Is Wrong. Tonight, he will discuss this premiss with Nicky Pouw, Crelis Rammelt and Valentina Carrera. Koen Haegens will read a column.

In his new book The Price Is Wrong, Brett Christophers argues that the global economy is moving too slowly toward sustainability because the return on green investment is too low. Today’s consensus is that the key to curbing climate change is to produce green electricity and electrify everything possible. The main economic barrier in that project has seemingly been removed. But while prices of solar and wind power have tumbled, the golden era of renewables has yet to materialize.

The problem is that investment is driven by profit, not price, and operating solar and wind farms remains a marginal business, dependent everywhere on the state’s financial support. We cannot expect markets and the private sector to solve the climate crisis while the profits that are their lifeblood remain unappetizing. But there is an alternative to providing surrogate green profits through subsidies: to take energy out of the private sector’s hands.

About the speakers

Brett Christophers is a geographer at the University of Uppsala, Sweden and author of The New Enclosure (2018), Rentier Capitalism (2020) and Our Lives In Their Portfolio (2023).

Nicky Pouw is an economist at the University of Amsterdam and author of Wellbeing Economic: How and Why We Need to do Economics Differently (2020).

Crelis Rammelt is an ecologist at the University of Amsterdam and author of numerous papers on climate inequality and degrowth strategies.

Koen Haegens is feature writer for De Groene Amsterdammer.

Valentina Carraro (moderator) is a lecturer in digital geographies at the University of Amsterdam.

Gerelateerde programma’s
13 06 24
‘Sta op en herinner jezelf’
Het vrouwelijke personage als mens

In Moeders.Heiligen, de debuutroman van Dieuwertje Mertens, maken we kennis met vijf vrouwen die elk op eigen wijze geklonken zijn aan mythes en moederschap. Kunnen zij  ontsnappen aan de verhalen die hen hebben gevormd? Wat vertellen Mercedes, Maria, Marian, Clémence en Graziella ons over ‘het vrouwelijke personage’ anno 2024? Hoe is het met haar vrijheid gesteld? Dieuwertje Mertens, Marja Pruis en Simone Atangana Bekono gaan onder leiding van Joyce Roodnat in gesprek.

Datum
Donderdag 13 jun 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
12 06 24
Objective Data? The Ways That Gender Bias Can Enter the Data Pipeline

Data is not objective. In this event, we discuss how gender bias infiltrates the data pipeline, shaping the algorithmic outputs encountered in everyday experiences.

Datum
Woensdag 12 jun 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25
04 06 24
Woorden willen losjes leven. Virginia Woolf en schrijverschap

Hoe moet een schrijver zich verhouden tot de politiek en de grote maatschappelijke vraagstukken van haar tijd? In het net verschenen Woorden willen losjes leven. Essays over schrijverschap reflecteert Virginia Woolf op haar eigen schrijverschap en dat van haar tijdgenoten. Vanavond gaan we in gesprek over de schrijver Woolf, en over schrijven en vertalen anno 2024.

Datum
Dinsdag 4 jun 2024 17:00 uur
Locatie
SPUI25