The Atheneum joins Boston-based Communities Responding To Extreme Weather (CREW) to host six virtual programs in support of Climate Prep Week 2020 (Sept. 24 – 30). This year’s theme is ‘Climate Resilience is Social Resilience.’ All programs are free and require advance registration.
Our economic system has fostered individualism over community and competition over collaboration, because these are the channels that promote economic growth as we measure it in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). We sell more when everyone has to have their own. But, individualism and competition results in unequal distribution that mimics the inequitable distribution of access to resources in our country. In many cases, inequity is a moral issue because the basis of it is exploitation of the vulnerable in a myriad of forms across historical time.
In our discussion we will focus on the relationship between economics and sustainability: social justice, environmental justice and economic equity and also how our focus on economic growth has facilitated the speed of global Climate Change and exacerbated social justice issues along with the other two components of sustainability.
Madhavi Venkatesan teaches economics at Northeastern University and is an environmental activist. She earned doctorate, master’s and bachelors degrees in economics from Vanderbilt University, a master’s in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University, and a master’s in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School.