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Can we achieve growth & equality while kicking Climate Change? [View all]

Can we simultaneously promote equality for 8 billion people and raise average the standard of living (which requires production) while simultaneously reducing atmospheric emissions and environmental devastation (which is demonstrably coupled to production). If so, how can we in the real world?

I understand everyone wants more jobs and I understand no one wants to promote poverty, but I am having a difficult time prioritizing these struggles against the impending threat of climate change and the suffering it will bring. I think it is a foregone conclusion that Utopia is lost, and pragmatism is how we run the day, but how pragmatic can you be against acidic oceans, droughts, famine inducting crop failures, rising waters, and devastating storms? I really do not understand how anyone can promote any policy or idea that will accelerate our immediate consumption energy and resources (thus hurrying and exacerbating climate change), even with benevolent intentions.

If someone has a magic answer how we can "fix" the system we cling to like Stockholm Syndrome sufferers, while ensuring our planet's habitability will not be further endangered, then shoot.

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