The Ideology Smackdown: Economy vs Environment

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What’s it all about?

There is no arguing that a strong economy is good for our quality of life; more income, reliable work, easy credit and the chance to enjoy some luxury are pretty much the goal of a nation, right?

But that economic wealth comes at a cost, and for the last several centuries that cost has been the natural environment which supports all life on the planet and makes life liveable.

Environmentalists argue that short-term prosperity that destroys the planet is insanity, but businesses and workers point out that long-term problems tend to seem less serious when you’re unemployed, homeless and starving.

So which of these impossible choices is the correct one? We find out in this class!

Grab the nearest greenie or logger and come stake your claim in the Ideological Smackdown!

What will we cover?

Using ethical frameworks participants of both sides will explore both their own positions and those of their opponents.

Learn how that opposition is possible, and work together to determine what the truth of the matter is.

Who will be teaching?

Gordon Young is a professional ethicist and environmental consultant. He is a lecturer in Professional Ethics at RMIT, Principle at Ethilogical Consulting and writer at, where he explores a new topic each week.