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Environmental Scholar Gus Speth to Give Lecture on New Economics

January 10, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School Professor Gus Speth, one of America's leading environmental advocates, will call for overhauling the U.S. economy at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13 in Oakes Hall, Room 007. The event is free and open to the public.

Speth's lecture, titled "Liberalism, Environmentalism, and Economic Growth," was first delivered Nov. 20 in New York City at the 30th annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, a program of the New Economics Institute. Speth and two others scholars discussed the movement for a new economics in response to the global financial system that has resulted in an environment and society in crisis.

"We need to reinvent the economy, not merely restore it," Speth said. "The roots of our environmental and social problems are systemic and thus require transformational change—the shift to a new economy, a sustaining economy based on new economic thinking and driven forward by a new politics. Sustaining people, communities and nature must henceforth be seen as the core goals of economic activity, not hoped for by-products of market success, growth for its own sake and modest regulation. That is the paradigm shift we seek."

Speth, an expert in climate change, environmental ethics and international environmental law, has long been at the forefront of rethinking the connection between the environment and our economic system. He joined the VLS faculty in 2010 after a decade as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Learn more about the New Economics Institute.

View video of the lecture, "Liberalism, Environmentalism, and Economic Growth" by Gus Speth

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