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If one looks into the future, and thinks about the options to avoid ecological collapse, then there is one quite ugly way of doing it. The way is not to make nine billion additional people rich, but essentially make the rich billion poor. Because if the rich billion become so poor that it does not consume meet and doesn’t drive cars, then that solves most of the environmental problems. And if the rich get poor, the poor need not get rich. Because the poor will not probably get richer than the rich will then be. There is maybe 2% of people who organize that. This is then the neofeudal global elite. And some of them would like that. It's not that Brazilianization is something that all elites are against. But it’s disaster for the normal people and it takes away the potential for a good world for 10 billion people.
To realize that potential needs global co-ordination, it needs the right framework for the economy, prices must say the truth, then we have the chance with new technology and using our brains to build a good, equitable world for ten billion people, a balanced future, we say we need a ecosocial market economy, we need a global Marshall Plan, we need to co-operate, we need to cross-finance development, we need to do globally what we do at home anyhow. But they need to do it globally. We need a global contract, a fair contract. And the climate issue is a very important part of that.

Added on 25 Apr 2017

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