Oil Execs Should Be Tried for Crimes Against Humanity, Essayist Kate Aronoff Argues

A new essay published in Jacobin argues that the time has come to try the executives of oil companies for crimes against humanity as a result of their actions promoting climate change. There is a legal precedent, as the heads of several German companies were tired for such crimes after WWII. Even if it never comes to pass, discussing the idea could give us a sense of what steps to make the world a greener place are possible.”

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Yes, Sustainability Can Be a Strategy

“In recent years, a growing number of companies around the world have voluntarily adopted and implemented a broad range of sustainability practices. The accelerating rate of adoption of these practices has also provoked a debate about the nature of sustainability and its long-term implications for organizations. Is the adoption of sustainability practices a form of strategic differentiation that can lead to superior financial performance? Or, is it a strategic necessity that can ensure corporate survival but not necessarily outperformance?”

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Free Market Veganism – Or Why Government Shouldn’t Interfere with our Food

“While this article shan’t concern itself with whether we should or should not encourage people to change their diets, if anything is going to, it’s grassroots actors and free market capitalism, not reports published by evangelising bureaucrats drawn from groups like the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, or other so-called public health bodies.”

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Climate Action Must Now Focus on the Global Rich and Their Corporations

“It is really important that we […] move past ‘national action plans’ and start to take action immediately against two groups largely responsible for climate change. They are the 100 or so corporations responsible for 71% of global carbon emissions and the wealthiest 10% of the global population responsible for 50% of consumption emissions. […] Focusing on the wealthy and their corporations would enable us to bring about an immediate cut in carbon emissions. But it would also form part of a just transition”

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How the Neoliberal Obsession with Valuing Nature Changes Our Understanding of It

“Some of the arguments [against putting a price on nature] are philosophical, pointing to the inability of economics to capture the extraordinary, intrinsic character of nature. Other arguments are more practical, highlighting the difficulty of determining the economic value of a public good, such as nature, that is not traded. Both perspectives have their merits. But here I want to take a different approach, and consider what we do to nature in order to make it amenable to calculation.”

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COP24: Ten Years on from Lehman Brothers, We Can’t Trust Finance with the Planet

“It is difficult to ignore that a strong reliance on private finance means putting the future of Earth in the hands of individuals and institutions that brought the global economy to the verge of collapse. It may be partially true that some are divesting from fossil fuels and funnelling their money into better projects. But before we pin our hopes on finance to solve climate change, there are some things we need to ask ourselves.”

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Why Companies Should Help Pay for the Biodiversity that’s Good for Their Bottom Line

“many corporations that profit from nature’s bounty, such as Unilever, Patagonia and Interface, appear to be reaching a similar conclusion. They are realizing that it’s time for the business world to do more about conservation. We, two economists who have extensively researched natural resources and development, are proposing a new way to solve the problem of species and ecosystem loss. Corporations that benefit from biodiversity could forge what some are calling a ‘new deal for nature’ by paying part of the tab for biodiversity conservation.”

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Green Bonds Benefit Companies, Investors, and the Planet

“The past five years have seen explosive growth in ‘corporate green bonds’ issued to finance climate-friendly projects. […] Despite this boom, little is known about the impact of these bonds. Have they delivered positive environmental results? Do they contribute to the issuing companies’ financial performance? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes.”

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Economic Growth or Environmental Sustainability: Do We Have to Choose?

“Since the poor are disproportionately affected by adverse environmental conditions and the outcomes of climate change, it is important that environmental concern influences the conversation on economic growth for the world’s poorest countries. We can no longer ignore environmental degradation in hopes of chasing the promises of growth. Neither can we neglect growth and leave the poor in their misery while trying to save the planet. We must reconcile the two.”

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Elephants and Economics: How to Ensure We Value Wildlife Properly

“Ensuring the economic health of nations is one of the biggest tasks expected of governments. The elephant in the room has long been the health of the environment, on which the health of the economy (and everything else) ultimately depends. […] Integrating the environment into national accounts has long been suggested as a way to improve information and has been tried in several countries.”

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