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Nicholas Stern: “You don’t have to be rich to care about the environment”

“Humble people living in crowded and dirty cities around the world have seen the air become cleaner during this period of economic recession and confinement,” says British economist Nicholas Stern (London, 1946) in this video. The academic maintains in this interview with Eliezer Budasoff, editor of special projects of EL PAÍS, that “many people from very poor countries understand even better how their well-being, their health and their economic activity depend on the environment.” “You do not have to be rich to worry about the environment”, Stern ditch and highlights that “many countries are committed to a sustainable recovery.” The World Bank’s chief economist between 2000 and 2003 also exposes other “common vulnerabilities” that countries face today in addition to climate and biodiversity: the covid pandemic and the international financial system.

This video is part of a series organized by the Hay Festival, in partnership with EL PAÍS. Readers can watch weekly digital chats with inspiring ideas from their homes. In addition, they can participate in the interviews of journalists from EL PAÍS with authors and thinkers, such as the chronicler Alma Guillermoprieto or the linguist Yásnaya Elena Aguilar, by sending questions that will be answered one week after the publication of each talk.