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Tim Jackson on TED

Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity without Growth, gave a great TED talk this summer that’s now online. In one of the most interesting parts (10m30) he argues that developing a sustainable economic system doesn’t mean curtailing our possibilities as human beings – quite the contrary.

And perhaps the most memorable and widely repeated quote is this, which drew a big round of applause from the audience:

“This is a story about us, people, being persuaded to spend money we don’t have, on things we don’t need, to create impressions that won’t last, on people we don’t care about.”

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Sylvia was the editor of Green Alliance's blog from 2010 to April 2013. She is an assistant producer on Al Jazeera English's flagship environmental show, earthrise, and an award-winning print journalist who writes for publications including the Guardian, the Evening Standard and New Scientist. She was previously a policy adviser at Green Alliance.

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