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ELF Virtual Roundtable Discussion - People, profit, planet: Promoting Justice in Consumption-Production Systems


25 Nov 2021 11:00 to 14:15




Sustainable Dev.

Event Description

Climate Change has taken on a Kafkaesque quality and morphed to a Climate Emergency. This suggests the current patterns of global development are not sustainably viable. Consequently, solutions needed to address the numerous challenges of multiple interacting investment, organisational, environmental, governance and social ecosystems to address the Climate Emergency – are urgently required. However, to be effective, they need to be accompanied by a balance between both reductions in the total level of consumption and production of goods and services as well as a realignment of how products and services are offered and consumed in order that a section of global society is not marginalised. The future must be created with Climate Justice at its heart. 

Three Roundtables – People, Planet or Profit – will be led by an expert and will run simultaneously. Participants will attend all three roundtables, in the order assigned to them.  


  • The consumption and production cycle are among the key drivers of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. So far, there is little evidence that the decoupling of the economy from GHG emissions is occurring at either the scale or speed required.  
  • Investments in more sustainable infrastructure – including renewable energy – will themselves, require extensive amounts of energy – largely from fossil sources. This will significantly sap the global carbon budget established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to remain within 1.5 degrees. 
  • To improve the standard of living and well-being of the world’s lowest-income communities will claim another major portion of the carbon allowance.  

In cooperation with the Paddy Ashdown Forum.