Being a Good Ancestor: Cathedral Thinking : Thinking long term in a short term world
When Jonas Salk, the scientist who discovered the cure for polio, was asked why he didn’t patent his wonder-drug in order to make his fortune, he replied that he wanted to be “a good ancestor”. Aren’t we all only taking care of the place for people who are yet to be born? In fact, environmental degradation is colonising the future and destroying the planet. Imagine trying to leave the planet in a better shape? That requires long-term thinking in an endemic short-term world and changing our economic system to put the planet first and ourselves second. How do we do it? Come to this thrilling discussion and find out!
Host: Karl Spain