Australian Paul Gilding is a former head of Greenpeace International and a leading voice in the sustainability debate. In his latest book, “The Great Disruption“, he offers a stark and unflinching look at the economic challenges facing humanity.
Perhaps more difficult even than fixing climate change, he argues, will be to wean ourselves off “growth fetishism” and the grand delusion that infinite growth is possible on a finite planet.
After 50 years of evidence, Gilding says that the fact of climate change is not as well proven as gravity, but pretty close. The arguments of the climate-deniers he likens to those of an alcoholic. No amount of data will convince them what they are doing is bad for them. One day they will wake up.
At the same time, Gilding promotes the deeply optimistic message that from this crisis we’ll see humanities best: compassion, innovation, resilience and adaptability. At the RSA in London, he outlines his strategies for humanity to survive and thrive in the 21st century.