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 Two of the interview, he discusses how protecting natural resources makes long term economic sense.
If we want to measure our economy and this is how we ought to be measuring it based upon how it produces jobs, and the dignity of jobs over the generations, over the long term and how it preserves the value of the assets of our community.
If on the other hand you want to do what the polluters have been urging us to do, which is to treat the planet as if it were business in liquidation, convert our natural resources to cash as quickly as possible, have a few years of pollution based prosperity, you can generate an instantaneous cash flow and the illusion of a prosperous economy, and you can make a few people rich by impoverishing everybody else. But our children are going to pay for our joyride and they’re going to pay for it with denuded landscapes, poor health, huge cleanup costs that are going to amplify over time and that they’ll never pay.