Insights · June 17th, 2015

In a few hours, on June 18, 2015, the climate change debate may change, as will discussion on the future of global economics and capitalism itself. The awaited, now partly leaked, statement from Pope Francis reportedly will warn of the impending destruction of the ecosystem if humanity does not chart a new course. Like a lot of people I will be watching this closely both for its actual words and for its impact. One writer, Paul Farrell of Market Watch led the way in pre-analysis with an opinion piece entitled “Pope Francis/s anticapitalist revolution launches on Thursday.” From that headline you might think he was about to take a negative view of the Pope’s reported position paper, but instead he rather soberly documents that a revolution involving billions may just be in the future.

Farrell, collecting material from various sources, believes that Pope Francis will leave no room for compromise and will intreat that…
Capitalism is threatening the survival of human civilization, destroying non-renewable resources for personal gain, has lost its ethical code and moral compass, has no respect for Earth’s natural resources, and is killing our planet, civilization and people. Further, that capitalists worship money, pursue personal wealth in a way that destroys the common good, and see the working class as consumers and machine tools.

If this is an accurate description of what is coming on Thursday, Farrell concludes that the impact will be “a revolution leading billions to take back their planet from a fossil-fuel industry that’s lost its moral compass…”

I will come back to this after tomorrow. I should note that a couple of weeks ago I made a TV appearance in one of those 30-minute TV news show segments where opposing ideas are supposed to square off. Along with as Seattle City Councilwoman I argued against oil drilling the Arctic, against the Speaker of the Alaska House and an oil blogger from Alaska. If you’d like to see that click here.

Ecosystems Environment & Energy
Nikolas Badminton – Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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