'We’ve got to go straight to the heart of capitalism and overthrow it' to tackle climate breakdown
Climate activist George Monbiot says we need to overthrow capitalism to tackle climate breakdown in a passionate speech on the BBC.
Speaking on Frankie Boyle's New World Order, Monbiot says a plant-based diet and no longer flying were two big things we could do personally to combat the issue.
Talking on the topic of "Why worry about climate change when the earth is a pointless ball of shit", Monbiot said:
"What we have to do is the big structural political economic stuff, what we are being told to do is change your cottonbuds and all these pathetic micro consumerist bollocks, which just isn’t gonna get us anywhere.
"We have to overthrow this system which is eating the planet with perpetual growth. I mean since when was GDP a sensible measure of human welfare? And yet everything governments want to do is to try to boost GDP.
"Now, people like the OECD or the World Bank go ‘oh we’re not asking for a lot of growth just 3% a year.’ That means doubling in 24 years. We’re bursting through all the environmental boundaries and screwing the planet already, you want to double it?! It’s madness!"
Monbiot recently wrote a joint-letter to governments the United Nations and NGOs, suggesting that focusing on a natural world could help save the planet.
"We’ve got to find a better way of measuring human welfare than perpetual growth. We’ve got to start ramping down all fossil fuel production and leave fossil fuels in the ground and at the same time, and this is the nice bit, it turns out, through massive re-wilding, ecological restoration, you can draw down a load of the carbon dioxide we’ve already produced.
"Allowing the forests to come back, the marshes to come back, the sea floor to recover from trawling and stuff.
"They draw down carbon dioxide and take us a long way towards stopping climate breakdown at the same time as stopping ecological breakdown.
"There’s still time, but we can’t do it by just pissing around at the margins of the problem.
"We’ve got to go straight to the heart of capitalism and overthrow it."