Capitalism incompatible with climate action, survey suggests
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Capitalism incompatible with climate action, survey suggests

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The current economic system is not compatible with the fight against global warming and the authorities need to make businesses join the fight, if necessary by force, according to a majority of the respondents in a poll published on Sunday.

For 52% of respondents, the “capitalist economic system” is not compatible with the fight against climate change, with 24% finding it “totally incompatible” and 28% “somewhat incompatible”.

A sample of 1,003 French adults took part in the online poll, conducted from 27 May to 1 June by the BVA Institute for Greenpeace-France.

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Its results were released as the Convention citoyenne pour le climat – a citizen’s assembly commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron in April 2019 – prepared to present its proposals for the fight against global warming next weekend.

For 88% of the respondents “political leaders need to oblige businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.” Thirty-five percent (35 %) felt priority action to ensure an energy transition that limits climate change was primarily the responsibility of the State, 21% felt that role fell primarily to multinationals and 14% felt it was the responsibility, first and foremost, of citizens.

Asked about possible measures, 86% were in favour of banning the payout of dividends to businesses that failed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with the objectives of the Paris Accords, with 47% “totally” in favour and 39% “somewhat” in favour.

Of the respondents, 70% were in favour of strengthening the powers and actions of the European Union, while 65% agreed that a ban should be imposed on advertising brands that contribute to climate change.

Finally, 91% felt organic food should be made accessible to all, price-wise, while 91% also liked the idea of “quickly developing local organic agriculture,” with the popularity of closed-circuit food distribution soaring as a result of the new coronavirus crisis.

The Brussels Times