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Green Economy Perspectives

From New Economics to
a New Economic System

A Forum with Stewart Wallis and Peter Victor

Where: Centre for Social Innovation
192 Spadina Ave, Toronto
(New Location!)
When: Monday, September 26
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mainstream economics is under attack from a variety of unorthodox alternatives. One of these, ecological economics, is of particular relevance to environmental NGOs. Ecological economics starts from the principle that economies are subsystems of the biosphere and it is open to a wider range of values and institutions than is found in the mainstream literature on economics. What will it take to build an economy based on ecological economics? Is there evidence of change in the right direction? What can be done to speed the transformation to a new economic system. These are some of the issues and questions that Stewart Wallis and Peter Victor will discuss.

Stewart Wallis is the former Executive Director of the New Economics Foundation considered to be the UK’s leading think tanks in promoting social, economic, and environmental justice which led for 12 years and continues his involvement with them currently as a Senior Advisor. Educated at Cambridge University and the London Business School he has held positions with the World Bank, Oxfam and other leading institutions. Stewart is also on the Board of the New Economy Coalition (NEC), in the USA; is a Fellow of the Club of Rome; and is currently Vice-Chair for the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Values.

Peter Victor is an economist who has worked on environmental issues for nearly 50 years as an academic, consultant and public servant. Dr. Victor was one of the founders of the emerging discipline of ecological economics and was the first President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics. Peter is currently a Professor in Environmental Studies at York University, a full member of the Club of Rome and recently completed terms as Chair of the Greenbelt Council of Ontario and as a member of the Board of the David Suzuki Foundation. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2015. 
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