"Is there anyone here who feels he could not be more outspoken on this issue? … If you get it… you have to state it loudly and clearly and often or we will fail!… the future for all of us will depend on a few thousand people taking some career risk and putting it on the line and making it clear that they see this as a real crisis, people like you!” Jeremy Grantham, October 2015
We at Envisionation have long been trying to communicate the dire warnings being put forward by leading climate scientists in a range of disciplines that affect Earth systems and threaten the way we live.
In addition, we have, with many others, shaken our heads as political leader after political leader puts the short-term interests of yesterdays economic consumerist world before the emergency measures that have to be implemented today to preserve, perhaps only fragments of life, for tomorrow's world.
That being said, we take no credit whatsoever for the content of this video clip of Jeremy Grantham, the billionaire cofounder and investment strategist of Grantham Mayo van Otterloo (GMO), one of the largest asset management funds in the world. He, with his wife, established the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment among many other philanthropical interests, routinely supporting endeavours to tackle some of the biggest challenges that humanity currently faces. He was described to us by one of his friends as a “zealot” when it comes to climate change. The following messages are not only poignant but confirm this view.
We are now preparing to leave for Paris where solutions to the "climate problem" are being sought and, most likely, the successes that will be celebrated, will fall far short of what is needed to avert an outright catastrophé. That said, all is not lost. There is muich that can be and will be done in the ensuing decades. Among the many people we will be interviewing and talking to in Paris, it will be a shame if we don't get to ask one question of Mister Grantham himself: If one has a plan, a really good one, that could tip the scales in favour of survival, what would be the next step to implement it?
"The timescale suggested at present for radical [climate change] threatening the viability of humanity on this planet becomes more alarming the more research appears!"
Dasgupta: "It is a never ending quest to value nature... nevetheless it has to be done, or the future looks bleak!"
In this second part of the interview, Sir Partha Dasgupta discusses the role of natural capital in our lives both in the developing world and in the developed, more urban environments and the links between both. He also tackles the problem of puting a value on nature.