The natural environment poses a problem for economic theory. Even if we accept, for the sake of argument, that the free market serves both employer and employee, buyer and seller, equally, the environment may be harmed by market transactions. The air and water can suffer. Economists calls this the problem of externalities.
- Do you think that companies are becoming greener or must the government and consumer movements compel this to happen? Will it happen fast enough to avert climate catastrophe? Or do you think that ‘greening’ is an inappropriate goal? (150 words)
- What does sustainable enterprise mean and are there any? (150 words)