Anxious about your carbon emissions? Don’t stress! You may pump out as a lot as you need — so long as you purchase some offsets to stability it out. Terrified of the collapse of wildlife? No downside! We are able to determine how a lot cash our ecosystems are price, and let the market do the remainder!

Welcome to the logic of inexperienced capitalism. Fossil gasoline giants declare to have fun sustainability whereas pumping out poisonous emissions. Governments are counting on carbon offsets to make their local weather guarantees add up. And we’re instructed that we are able to battle the local weather disaster with the magic of financial markets.

Why have firms acquired so excited about sustainability? Will carbon offsets save us — or are they only a cute accounting trick? And if wind and photo voltaic vitality are so low-cost, why haven’t we embraced them?

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Adrienne Buller, writer of The Worth of a Whale: On the illusions of inexperienced capitalism, and Brett Christophers, writer of The Worth is Mistaken: Why capitalism received’t save the planet.

Music by Serge Quadrado, used below Artistic Commons licence: cre​ativecom​mons​.org/​l​i​c​e​n​s​e​s​/​b​y​-​n​c​/4.0/.

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