Graeme Maxton

Climate Change Economist and Author

Audio book, A chicken can’t lay a duck egg part 1

Introduction to the book

A book of hope – about how societies can use the economic slowdown caused by Covid-19, to make them fairer, and slow the pace of climate change.

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Chapter 1 Never waste a crisis

As with many diseases which have crossed from other species to humans in recent decades Covid-19 is the result of humankind’s disrespect for nature. Curiously, the coronavirus also offers the chance for change, to fix societies and make them more sustainable.

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Chapter 2 Enlightening and frightening

It is easy to get confused about climate change. So buckle up, to find out what’s really happening and understand why almost everything societies are doing to fix it will fail.

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Chapter 3 What stops societies changing?

What stops societies responding as they should? The biggest problem is the way we think about the world.

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Chapter 4 Did you vote for this?

Our greatly-cherished democratic systems are a hurdle when it comes to a problem as large and urgent as climate change. Partly, this is because have been corrupted  by big corporates and the rich.  Another problem is fake news. Both make it hard for people to understand what’s really happening.

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Chapter 5 On the need to rethink everything

If our economic, democratic and political systems had been working we wouldn’t have got into this mess. Societies need radical reform. We need to change our ideas about right and wrong, and the meaning of progress. We need to change the way we relate to nature and each other.

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Front Cover of the book

For many years we worked to promote radical social reform. We didn’t do this for some moral or religious purpose. We did it because there is no other way. If societies do not change, they will collapse. A book of hope – about how societies can use the economic slowdown caused by Covid-19, to make them fairer, and slow the pace of climate change.

“Passionate about the realities; clear about the changes; funny when it needs to be. This book takes us from chaos to opportunity.”

Martin Palmer, Secretary General, Alliance of Religions and Conservation.

Introduction and chapters 1-5