We cannot put a price on the value of the biosphere – it is an asset upon which we are all wholly dependent. Yet poor communities in the global south are bearing the brunt of biodiversity loss, as well as having to deal with the impact of the climate crisis.
In this inaugural lecture for the international development charity Christian Aid, Partha Dasgupta, one of the UK’s most eminent economists, traced ecological loss back to power, knowledge and agency and highlighted how important it is for local voices to put forward their own answers to ecological crises, rather than have external solutions foisted upon them, which can often be destructive. After the lecture, which was livestreamed from St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London, Dasgupta was joined in conversation by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Chair of Christian Aid.
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