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Central banks should be fighting the climate crisis – here’s why

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By illuminem briefings 🌎

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🗞️ Driving the news: Recent research highlights that central banks, crucial in maintaining economic stability, are inadvertently slowing down transformative climate action due to their focus on short-term financial stability
• This approach perpetuates climate instability in the long term

🔭 The context: Central banks control inflation and economic stability, often prioritizing short-term measures
• However, their policies, especially during crises like COVID-19, have tended to support fossil fuel industries and other carbon-intensive sectors, missing opportunities to foster a greener economy

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The research advocates for a "creative disruption" approach by central banks
• This involves intentionally disrupting current financial flows in the short term to drive long-term stability and climate justice
• This shift can redirect investments towards sustainable and vulnerable sectors, crucial for addressing climate change

⏭️ What's next: The proposed changes include different interest rates for various investments, favoring renewable energy and climate justice initiatives
• Central banks are encouraged to use their power and tools to support a rapid transition towards a just, fossil-fuel-free future, reshaping financial systems for broader climate goals

💬 One quote: "Central banks have the power and the tools to trigger a rapid transformation towards a more just, fossil-fuel free future at a global scale." (Martin Sokol and Jennie C. Stephens, researchers)

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