Protecting the Planet (a WEA course)


Additional notes on Economics and the Environment.



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Protecting the Planet 1: Introduction

Protecting the Planet 2: key industries

Protecting the Planet 3: some case studies

Protecting the Planet 4: strategies

Protecting the Planet 6: global warming

Protecting the Planet 7: effects of global warming

Protecting the Planet 8: species decline

Protecting the Planet 9: energy policies

Protecting the Planet 10: the environment movement

Various updates


Dark Money         Degrowth             Doughnut economics


Dark Money: (from key industries):

George Monbiot on the influence of ‘dark money’ on Brexit:

  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/02/corporate-dark-money-power-atlantic-lobbyists-brexit      (see protecting14darkmoney.htm)

More on Liam Fox: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/10/scandal-liam-fox-thrives-east-kilbride-adam-werritty-disgrace

When Fox married another doctor in 2005, Werritty was his best man. What they had in common intellectually was their pro-Americanism, which was channelled through an organisation (a charity until that status was removed) called Atlantic Bridge, which Fox had set up to promote US-UK relations, with Werritty as its chief executive. After Fox became defence secretary in 2010, Werritty had business cards printed that described him as Fox’s adviser, though he had no security clearance and the source of his funding and the purpose of his presence in Fox’s official life were obscure. An investigation led by the then cabinet secretary, Gus O’Donnell, found that over 16 months Werritty had called on Fox 22 times at his office in the Ministry of Defence and attended 40 of Fox’s 70 official engagements; and that Fox sometimes barred civil servants from meetings where Werritty was present. Fox resigned in October 2011.


Degrowth or Green New Deal?


Doughnut economics:


17th April 2020. Jasper Jolly: Bank of England will buy debt from oil companies as part of its Coronavirus stimulus programme. The Bank says that purchases of £200bn in government and corporate bonds will encourage lending to get the economy going. Critics – such as Positive Money (Fran Boait executive director) - say the oil companies etc should not be supported in this way as it is incompatible with our target of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.   ‘Corporate QE is another subsidy for multinational companies and is not necessary to save the economy or to save lives’.

Link to Richard Murphy on QE etc. And to ‘divestment’?