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4-part series on Fintech and the Climate Crisis. Part 1: Capitalism caused the Climate Crisis and can fix it – good ‘cos there is no plan B. 

If you want a feel good post, click away. Both these problems cause a huge amount of suffering. The Plan B pitched by a few Silicon Valley billionaires of colonising Mars is hopium at best; Earth is were we all live.

It is a Climate Crisis (not the nicer sounding Climate Change) and it is happening right now. There is suffering and adaptation happening now as well as some forward looking mitigation. Amazingly there is also still some resistance from lobbies funded by legacy fossil fuel companies.

I am an entrepreneur aka an optimist by nature. So I promise some hopeful stuff later; but it would be wrong to just skim over the problems.

Financial Inequality and Climate Crisis are related. Our obsession with growth at all costs benefits those who own financial assets and this drives both Financial Inequality and the Climate Crisis. Capitalism is clearly a highly flawed system, but there is no viable alternative because communism has already been tried and it failed. So our only hope is from a reformed version of capitalism that can fix both Financial Inequality and Climate Crisis. My optimism comes from a belief that this is possible.

Some Growth is good. Growth that enables billions of people to earn a living is good. Growth that destroys the planet and only benefits a few people is bad – duh! Sadly, the hypercapitalism that replaced inclusive capitalism after the collapse of the Berlin Wall killed off capitalism’s only alternative, delivered the latter.

We had a preview of the coming horror from the pandemic. Neither the virus nor extreme weather care what your passport says or what politics you profess; they are equal opportunity killers.

The wealthy can protect themselves better than poor people but they are not immune (even if a few billionaires think they will live forever on Mars); recognition of that fact is cause for optimism. Other causes of optimism:

 

 

 

 

 

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