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Sunday 7 July 2019

A voicemail from the editor

The world on a plate

We can’t just devour resources. We have to share them and make them last. Younger people understand this – business is catching up

It started with a piece of cake. Or, rather, it started with a dinner companion aggrieved that I had eaten their piece of cake.

Embarrassed as I was, the moment seemed symbolic. I suspect we’re all thinking more and more about what we consume – and how.

This is no longer just a young, left-leaning concern. The environment is now the hot topic for capitalists as much as for anti-capitalists. Businesses are listening. It’s one of the most interesting but under-appreciated features of the climate protests this year.

And it leaves us with a question: will consumers or the corporates, social change or structural changes, remedy our climate problems faster?

Editor’s Voicemail (5:07)