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BBC Radio 4 ‘The Global Philosopher’ Video: Should the Rich World Pay for Climate Change?

In a digital studio at Harvard sixty people from 30 countries join Michael Sandel in this Radio 4 show, to discuss the philosophical issues underlying the world's response to climate change.

The developed world has historically been the main cause of greenhouse gas emissions. But the developing world – huge and growing economies like India and China – is increasingly becoming a big part of the problem. So the question this programme discusses is: who should pay to fix the mess? Is it fair to penalise the developing world as it strives to catch up? Is it acceptable that rich countries be allowed to buy credits, giving them permission to pollute? And is it time to re-think our material aspirations?

Listed to and see the video from the programme here.

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