The Green Economy and financialisation of nature

Is commodification of nature the best path to a greener economy?

Monday, 3 December 2012, 20:00 - 22:00
Public debate



TNI/RWE public talk

3 december 2012


CREA Amsterdam

Nieuwe Achtergracht 170

The 'Green Economy' was a concept presented by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in advance of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held earlier this year. It was presented as the solution to the climate crisis while also stimulating economic growth. The contents of the proposal focused primarily on the privatisation and commodification of nature. Otherwise known as 'natural capital accounting', the concept has been embraced by both government and big business in The Netherlands but has provoked a storm of cricitism internationally from many who see the proposal as exacerbating rather than ameliorating the factors driving the climate crisis.


To explain the controversy, TNI and Real World Economics have invited two well informed critics:

Edgardo Lander, a Fellow of the Transnational Institute, Professor of Social Sciences at Universidad Central de Venezeula and Associate of the Miranda Centre in Caracas

Bram Buscher, Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Institute of Social Studies.

Moderated by Hilde van der Pas (Transnational Institute)

 Entrance: 5 euros

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CREA Amsterdam
Nieuwe Achtergracht 170