Proper stewardship of natural assets and liabilities is a matter of planetary urgency: it has the potential to transform the worlds poorest countries and to tear them apart. At the same time, the carbon emissions and agricultural follies of rich countries could further impoverish poor countries. The Plundered Planet, the new book by Paul Collier, author of the groundbreaking The Bottom Billion, charts a course between unchecked profiteering and environmental romanticism, offering realistic, sustainable solutions to the worlds dauntingly complex environmental problems. Grounded by his belief in the power of informed citizens, Collier proposes the adoption of a series of international standards to help poor countries better manage their resources, policy changes to increase the worlds food supply, and a clear-headed approach to climate change. Revealing how all these things are interconnected, The Plundered Planet describes a way to manage the natural world so that all its citizens have a prosperous future.
The event is moderated by David Andelman, Editor of the World Policy Journal with Sanjay Reddy, Associate Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research as discussant.
Paul Collier is professor of Economics, director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, and a former director of development research at the World Bank. In addition to The Bottom Billion, he is the author of Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places.
David Andelman is editor of World Policy Journal and author of three books, including A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919and the Price We Pay Today. He is a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times and CBS News, and reported from nearly 60 countries. He also has been executive editor of Forbes.com, Washington correspondent for CNBC, news editor at Bloomberg News Service and business editor of the New York Daily News.