About Peter

Dr Peter Burdon is a Senior Lecturer at the Adelaide Law School and deputy chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Ethics Specialist Group. The main focus of his research is the environmental crisis and how human society might transition their laws, governance structures and social relations so that they support (rather than undermine) the health and integrity of the planet. His most recent book is Earth Jurisprudence: Private Property and the Environment (Routledge Press, 2014).

Website: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/peter.d.burdon

Naomi Klein’s ‘Leap Manifesto’: we can’t rely on big business for a climate fix

Discussions at the Paris climate talks take place within incredibly narrow parameters. In fact, it would not be too great an exaggeration to say that the summit’s main purpose is to send the private sector a message about which way it should steer its future investments.

The financial press tends to be the most explicit on this point. The Financial Times, for instance, described the purpose of the Paris summit like this:

Investors will need to be persuaded that governments are going to make it easier for them to make money from a new electric bus system or a wind farm rather than a highway or a coal power plant.

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