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Join Living on Earth for our online fall events series!

Tuesday, October 4th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern:

THE CLIMATE DEBT CRISIS: How Debt Stands in the Way of Small Islands Protecting Themselves from Climate Change. Learn more and register below!

**Please note that we are working to reschedule our event with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE due to unforeseen circumstances.
We apologize for the change and will message registrants with updates. We hope to see you soon!**

DR. JANE GOODALL, DBE joins us for a conversation with Host Steve Curwood about her new book, "Local Voices, Local Choices: The Tacare Approach to Community-Led Conservation."
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Living on Earth and ProPublica welcome you to join us online on October 4, 2022 at 3 p.m. Eastern for a free event, "The Climate Debt Crisis: How punishing debt stands in the way of small islands protecting themselves from climate change."
Host Steve Curwood will moderate an in-depth discussion with ProPublica reporter Abrahm Lustgarten and Avinash Persaud, advisor to Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley and leading thinker on development finance.

As superstorms become more frequent and the planet grows hotter each year, the economic costs of climate change are adding up. Few regions are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than the Caribbean, with its multiple climate hazards and crumbling infrastructure. Those islands also happen to carry more debt, relative to the size of their economies, than anywhere else on the planet. ProPublica reporter Abrahm Lustgarten went to Barbados to investigate this intersection and found that rising sovereign debt is now a hidden but decisive element of the climate crisis.

Told through the experience of Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Lustgarten illustrates how gatekeepers to global finance like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank have been slow to account for climate change realities, pushing classical economic approaches that wind up making the climate debt problem worse. Mottley initially tried to work within the global economic system, but she gradually came to see the trappings of that system as an offspring of colonialism: Just as outsiders once pillaged the Caribbean for wealth created by enslaved people, investors in these former imperial powers now squeeze former territories for their assets, for access to markets and for interest on loans. The profits extracted from these territories helped underwrite the Industrial Revolution and, paradoxically, gave rise to the very climate changes that now make the Caribbean one of the most vulnerable places on the planet.

At this event, we will convene a panel of experts to discuss how debt stands in the way of making climate investments, how that debt accumulated and potential policy solutions.

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Check out our previous events:

Watch our "Black Courage Upon the Sea" Juneteenth celebration of Robert Smalls:

Watch our interview with The Hawk's Way author Sy Montgomery, or listen to the edited audio

Watch our interview with Underwater Wild author Craig Foster, or listen to the edited audio

Watch our interview with Guardians of the Trees author Kinari Webb, or listen to the edited audio

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Sponsors for the above events include the UMass Boston School for the Environment, NH Audubon, New Hampshire Public Radio, the New England Aquarium, ProPublica, the UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School, and the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston.


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