For future generations
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Chapter 8 turns to the future by exploring how the organisation of our modern economies has driven two of the biggest global crises the world faces: pandemics and climate and ecological breakdown. It is demonstrated that structural economic inequalities play a significant role in determining who lives and who dies in these crises.

The book concludes that our modern economies are unjust, illegitimate, and destructive. This is particularly harmful for those who are deprived of the resources needed to secure a basic standard of living, but ultimately it harms us all. Transformational economic systems change is necessary to address the ecological crisis and the systemic inequality that is embedded deeply into our economies, both of which are tearing our world apart. In the past few years, young people and other climate activists across generations worldwide have taken part in the school climate strikes. They call for justice for those who have been the most affected by climate change and clearly identify unequal and racialised dimensions of this within and between countries. They also highlight the importance of centring the voices of Black, Brown and Indigenous People, who for centuries have been resisting the systems that eventually led us to this situation today. The book ends by calling to create economies that are built on regeneration and care, not extraction from people or the planet. To achieve this, we must all do battle where we are standing to reclaim economics for racial justice, gender equality, and future generations.

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