This House Believes There is No Ethical Consumption Under Capitalism
For the conscious consumer, daily life is filled with small ethical dilemmas. With every purchase, our concern for sustainability and workers’ rights must be weighed against convenience and affordability. Sipping from soggy paper straws, we’re left wondering if these individual choices are enough to make our consumption ‘ethical’ — if we can even decide which values to prioritise. Can capitalism provide a route to ‘ethical consumption’ and economic success, or are we being led down the garden path by a system designed for profit at any price?
Ballot for Debate Dinner (closes Tuesday 25 January 13:00):
Climate activist and UK Student Climate Network speaker. They are a spokesperson for Labour for a Green New Deal and were instrumental in organising London’s climate strike in September 2019. They study History and Politics at the University of Warwick.
Tom Burgis is an award-winning investigative journalist for the Financial Times. He is the author of two books: Kleptopia: How dirty money is conquering the world, and The Looting Machine, which explores the theft of Africa’s wealth.
Human rights and social justice advocate. She is a leading voice on the human rights of children, women and migrants and has helped to set guidelines for the fair treatment of workers and the prevention of modern slavery.
Director of the Conservative Environment Network, an independent forum for Conservatives supporting decarbonisation and conservation. He served as a Policy Adviser to Michael Gove when he was Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Moral Money Editor at the Financial Times. He spent seven years in Asia, heading the FT bureaux in Seoul and Mumbai, and two years travelling across six continents to research Race for Tomorrow, a book on the global scramble to respond to climate change.