It’s time to kill the myth that climate action will make us poorer
Join us for a conversation with two of the most incisive minds in economics – Nobel laureate Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz and climate economist Lord Nicholas Stern, as they overturn conventional wisdom to demonstrate how taking strong action on climate change can enhance economic growth and lead to a happier and healthier society.

Chaired by Oxford University’s Professor Dame Sarah Whatmore, the discussion will dissect the myth that society must choose between a strong economy and protecting the environment, and identify the flaws in the models and analyses that underpin this persistent misunderstanding.

Based on new research, Professors Stiglitz and Stern will consider the challenges that are holding back economic performance and share policies that could help move the world from sluggish and destructive growth to dynamic and sustainable development.

Join us to understand why the benefits of taking action now are especially high – and why reducing emissions and solving the climate crisis fast is the smart economic move.

This event is the inaugural Humphrey Battcock Lecture of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. It is co-convened and hosted by New College, Oxford. It will also be live-streamed on YouTube. Register now!
Date: 26 April 2023, 17:15 (Wednesday, 1st week, Trinity 2023)
Venue: Online
Speakers: Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia University), Lord Nicholas Stern (London School of Economics.), Professor Dame Sarah Whatmore (Professor of Environment and Public Policy)
Organising department: Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
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Booking required?: Required
Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editors: Chris White, Anna Baginska, Donna Palfreman, Hannah Daley, Alexandra Horgan