Thursday, June 03, 2021

Top ten books for a greener economy

Ann Pettifor is director of Prime: Policy Research in Macroeconomics and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation.

She is the author of The Case for the Green New Deal. “What still distinguishes Pettifor’s thinking about the Green New Deal," according to Sierra Magazine, "is the way that it tackles not only the climate crisis but also the financial system that helped create it.”

At the Guardian Pettifor tagged ten of the best books that "think through some of the ways we can adopt a more sustainable way of life," including:
Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption by Simon Pirani (2018)

Pirani considers the fact that, of all the fossil fuel that we have consumed, more than half has been burned in the past 50 years. When it comes to explaining how this has happened, he dismisses the arguments resting on population growth or consumerism. Instead, he says that it was driven by social and economic systems. An essential tool for understanding fossil fuel consumption in terms of the vested interests who have benefited from it.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue