Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sat down with Video4Good at the 2012 COMMIT!Forum in New York. In an extended interview, Kennedy discusses his career in the environmental movement and the impacts of business on the planet. He explores the roots of environmental problems, analyzes the current situation and offers solutions for creating a healthy, prosperous future for society and the natural world.
In this video, Part Three of the interview, he discusses how the environment benefits from true free markets that promote efficiency and discourage waste.
One of the things I’ve done over the past, 30 years as an environmental advocate and also as a clean-tech business person, is to constantly make this argument that an investment on environment isn’t a diminishment of our nation’s wealth. It’s an investment in infrastructure just like investing in telecommunications and road construction.
You have to allow people to make money by doing good things for their country or for society and not for some to make money by doing bad things.
So you have to rationalize the market system.
I love free markets because the market place encourages, promotes efficiency and efficiency means the elimination of waste and pollution is waste. And a true free market would encourage us to properly value our natural resources and it’s the under valuation of those resources that causes waste, right?