"We need a progressive carbon tax"

"We need a progressive carbon tax"

Thomas Piketty gave a lecture on “Inequalities, Capital and Carbon in the 21st Century”
  • Thomas Piketty at Sciences Po on November 25thThomas Piketty at Sciences Po on November 25th

On November 25th, Thomas Piketty was invited by the School of Public Affairs to discuss the relationship between inequality, capital and carbon in the 21st century.

Ahead of the COP21, the star economist and best-selling author of Capital in the 21st Century presented a new approach that examines carbon emission on an individual basis, rather than by country. This new perspective calls for a progressive carbon tax based on the amount of carbon produced and consumed by each individual within a country. An innovation that would radically change the notion of individual responsibility within the context of climate change and rising economic inequalities.

This conference was part of the Kapuscinski Development Lecture series, organised by the UNDP and funded by the European Commission.

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