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Economy and climate: two irreconcilable realities?

The main indicator of economic policy for decades, GDP growth is now a much-decried concept. How can economic development be made compatible with respect for the environment?

Discussion to follow in livestream on
Even though large companies are today among the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, they also have the potential to be central players in the much-needed transition to clean energy. At a time when a new approach to the economy and a sustainable transformation of industries is needed, how can large companies be convinced or forced to be at the heart of the solution? More broadly, how can we rethink our approach to economic development in order to reconcile the conservation of natural resources and the improvement of our quality of life? This documentary adaptation of French economist Thomas Piketty's book, Capital in the 21st Century, blends references to pop culture with experts' accounts of the modern and economic history of Western societies.


Saturday 14 March


Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre

Co-presented with Amnesty International Switzerland and the European Commission, Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)


Pablo Cruchon Campaign coordinator, Amnesty International Switzerland


Dorothée Baumann-Pauly Director of the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights, UNIGE

María Mendiluce Managing Director, Climate & Energy, Cities & Mobility and Circular Economy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Thomas Vellacott CEO of WWF Switzerland

Moderated by

Frédéric Lelièvre Deputy Editor-in-Chief, CNNMoney Switzerland.

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Competition - Grand reportage

Capital in the 21st Century

By Justin Pemberton

More capital is equal to more social progress? Adapted from Thomas Piketty's best-seller, and co-written by the economist, this brilliantly-produced documentary examines the notions of money and wealth in Western societies, from the French Revolution to the present day. Blending references to pop culture and contributions from some of the most influential experts of our time, the viewer is taken on a breathtaking journey, with wealth and power on the one hand, social progress and inequality on the other. 

  • Section Competition - Grand reportage


Justin Pemberton


  • Yann Le Prado
  • Matthew Metcalfe

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