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Climate Colonialism: Ann Pettifor & Hamza Hamouchene

Ann Pettifor and Hamza Hamouchene join The Verso Podcast to discuss finance capitalism, energy sovereignty, and green colonialism.

22 April 2024

Climate Colonialism: Ann Pettifor & Hamza Hamouchene
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This week on The Verso Podcast we take a close look at the political economy of climate breakdown as Ann Pettifor (author of The Case for the Green New Deal and The Production of Money) and and Hamza Hamouchene discuss climate justice, private equity, degrowth, and the false promise of techno-fixes.

The world is heating up, and time is of the essence. Climate change is already here - already a disastrous and sometimes deadly reality for billions of people across the globe. We know that every positive step taken now means more lives saved down the line, yet even the planetary weight of the crisis hasn’t managed to iron out the ordinary problems of politics - problems of financialisation, democratic deficits, land theft and resource extraction, not to mention the colonialism and racism inherent to our economic system. 

As these forces continue to warp our politics, exploitative practices and non-solutions are presented as easy fixes. Meanwhile, capitalist interests are reliably hostile to any ideas that threaten to inconvenience CEOs and shareholders. So maybe it’s a good time to ask - who should shoulder the cost of saving the world? When you think about a green, liveable tomorrow - who is it built for? Who does the hard graft of building it? And whose land and whose resources does it rely on?

Ann Pettifor is a political economist. She is director of Prime: Policy Research in Macroeconomics, an Honorary Research Fellow at City University, and she’s a fellow of the New Economics Foundation. She was a leader in the Jubilee debt cancellation campaign, and she has served on the board of the UN Development Report. She was also on the economic advisory board to the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. Her books include The Coming First World Debt CrisisThe Economic Consequences of Mr. Osborne, The Production of Money, and The Case for the Green New Deal.

Hamza Hamouchene is a researcher and activist, and the North Africa Programme Coordinator at the Transnational Institute. He’s a founding member of Algeria Solidarity Campaign, Environmental Justice North Africa, and the North African Food Sovereignty Network. He has written and edited several books including The Arab Uprisings: A Decade of Struggles and The Struggle for Energy Democracy in the Maghreb. His writings have appeared in Guardian, Huffington Post, Middle East Eye, and many other outlets. Together with Katie Sandwell, he edited the volume Dismantling Green Colonialism: Energy and Climate Justice in the Arab Region.

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The Case for the Green New Deal
In 2008, the first Green New Deal was devised by Pettifor and a group of English economist and thinkers, but was ignored within the tumults of the financial crash. A decade later, the ideas was rev...
The Production of Money
According to leading economist Ann Pettifor, one of the few people to predict the 2008 financial crisis, money is not a commodity but a promise. This radical reconsideration of the power of money m...
How to Blow Up a Pipeline
The science on climate change has been clear for a very long time now. Yet despite decades of appeals, mass street protests, petition campaigns, and peaceful demonstrations, we are still facing a...
The Price is Wrong
What if our understanding of capitalism and climate is back to front? What if the problem is not that transitioning to renewables is too expensive, but that saving the planet is not sufficiently pr...
The Future is Degrowth
Economic growth isn’t working, and it cannot be made to work. Offering a counter-history of how economic growth emerged in the context of colonialism, fossil-fueled industrialization, and capitalis...
Half-Earth Socialism
‘Building a society that operates within ecological constraints requires an unleashing of our political imaginations, and this book helps us do just that’—Astra Taylor, author of The Age of Insecur...
Future of Denial
The age of denial is over, we are told. Yet emissions continue to rise while gimmicks, graft, and green- washing distract the public from the climate violence suffered by the vulnerable. This timel...

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