Africa: The Climate Crisis Calls for an Immediate Capping - Not Decapitating - of Capitalism

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The still-to-be-answered challenge in finding a way out of the impasse of the climate crisis is not what constitutes an 'entirely new economy' - the answers are plentiful - but rather how to achieve it. More particularly, this means how to persuade the majority of people to support the need for an entirely new economy. And how to do this in a way that most of the privileged few would remain privileged, but in a more measured way.

"The simple fact is, if the climate crisis is not going to bring on the collapse of modern civilisation, the world will need an entirely new economy."

This beginning to a recent Daily Maverick article by Kevin Bloom serves to remind us of the enormous progress made in the foregrounding of climate change. From a beginning of, at best, just being recognised, it has progressed to increasingly being seen as a global crisis. This, despite the best efforts of the fossil fuel industry, the investors who live off that industry and the politicians who defend both.

A recent poll, for instance, found that climate change is an even greater worry than Covid-19 for young Europeans. Another EU poll found that 68% want...

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