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Weekly Economics Podcast: Changing the rules of our economy to stop environmental breakdown

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Podcasts Weekly Economics Podcast: Changing the rules of our economy to stop environmental breakdown Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Laurie Laybourn-Langton, co-author of the new book Planet On Fire, and NEF trustee By Ayeisha Thomas-Smith 19 March 2021 There are just eight months left until the UK hosts the UN Climate Conference. And despite Boris Johnson’s insistence that we will have a green recovery from the pandemic, in the last month there have been a number of climate related controversies, including around the construction of a new coal mine in Cumbria, the

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Changing the rules of our economy to stop environmental breakdown

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Laurie Laybourn-Langton, co-author of the new book Planet On Fire, and NEF trustee


There are just eight months left until the UK hosts the UN Climate Conference. And despite Boris Johnson’s insistence that we will have a green recovery from the pandemic, in the last month there have been a number of climate related controversies, including around the construction of a new coal mine in Cumbria, the Leeds Bradford airport expansion, and plans to cut air passenger duty on domestic flights.

Why can’t the economic status quo deal with the climate emergency? What has the fresh attention on climate actually achieved? And what can the pandemic teach us about the climate crisis?

In this episode Ayeisha is joined by Laurie Laybourn-Langton, co-author of the new book Planet On Fire, and NEF trustee.

  • Planet on Fire by Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton is out on the 20th April, you can preorder a copy on the Verso website
  • Find out more about Laurie’s work here. 
  • Head to the Common Wealth website to read about all the work Mathew Lawrence is doing on democratic ownership. 

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