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ICHEM seminar – Heat, Greed and Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing

Professor Ian Gough – Visiting Professor, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics

This lecture asks how far can dangerous global warming be averted, without worsening deprivation and inequality. Professor Ian Gough argues that the satisfaction of human needs – as opposed to wants – is the only viable measure for negotiating trade-offs between climate change and human wellbeing, now and in the future.

A transition is proposed, moving from 'green growth' to 'recomposing' patterns of consumption in the rich world, cutting high-energy luxuries in favour of low-energy routes to meeting basic needs. This, in turn, can prepare the way if necessary for an economy that flourishes without growth.

All welcome. Please reserve your ticket by 10 February 2018 as light refreshments will be served after the seminar.