For some the green economy is the answer to the world's economic and environmental crises, while for others it is a false solution.

Why Green Economy? is a space to share ideas from across the world on a new economic model to tackle climate change and protect the environment.

Read summaries of key materials on the links between the environment, climate change, energy and economics.

Introduction to the green economy Explore Resources
  • Why Green Economy

    Which Green Economy?

    What should a green economy look like in practice?

  • Windturbines Greeneconomy

    Energy

    The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies

  • Valuing Nature

    Protecting the environment by fully recognising its value

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Reducing inequality and carbon footprints within countries

Lear Jet, NASA, Public Domain

What is the carbon footprint of the richest 1% and how can it be reduced? This article is a response to a report by Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel on unequal carbon footprints. I also explore how policies to redistribute wealth could potentially increase or decrease an individual’s carbon footprint.

Why Green Economy? Blog

The inequality of overconsumption: The ecological footprint of the richest

Ecological impact of the richest

Extreme inequality and the wealth concentrated in the hands of the richest 1% is gaining increasing attention. However, these debates often do not include discussion of unsustainable levels of consumption (referred to as overconsumption) that are contributing to dangerous climate change and another potential mass extinction.

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