This link is to a report about the Summit of Consciences for the Climate a meeting arranged by the President of France in the run up to the Paris Climate Summit in November 2015. Several prominent leaders, including Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson, spoke forcefully on the issue of climate change and its economic roots. Michael Higgins the President of Ireland said:
“Climate change is grounded in forms of development and industrialisation that are based on the exploitation of fossil fuels, with an assumption of infinite growth,”
In an interview with the Irish Times, Higgins said that the neo-liberal model of economic development prevalent in western countries advocated the rolling-back of the state.
Massive movements of capital had created what he termed great fissures of inequality, and such freewheeling capitalism had shown itself capable of dislodging the whole fiscal system.
The global challenges of climate change and inequality could not be met if governments were not in control of their economies, Higgins said.
Besides the year-end Paris summit, several other significant conferences are being held this year, including a UN meeting focusing on a follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals.