Published 11 April 2016
Professor Christopher Wright, who heads up the Balanced Enterprise Research Network (BERN) has recently returned from the United States where he visited a number of the leading environmental humanities schools discussing the topic of climate change and capitalism, the subject of his recently published book Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction (written with Professor Daniel Nyberg from the University of Newcastle).
During this trip, Professor Wright presented papers and seminars at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Stanford University, the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Oregon, Eugene. Among the highlights of the trip was the chance to outline findings from his new book with leading environmental scholars including renowned ecologist Paul Ehrlich, ethicist and philosopher Stephen Gardiner, and leading environmental sociologists John Bellamy Foster and Richard York.
Reflecting on these discussions, Professor Wright noted that “as climate science reveals the true magnitude of the climate crisis, there is a critical need for ever greater cross-disciplinary collaboration in understanding why we are failing to engage with this problem and how we can rapidly move towards radical decarbonisation of the economic system. Responding to climate change will inevitably involve bringing together insights from across the broad gamut of academic inquiry. Institutions like the Sydney Environment Institute can play a critical role here in sharing new insights across the natural and social sciences.”