New 'Focused on the Future' Podcast Episode: "Government"

In the podcast series Focused on the Future, individuals, stakeholders, and scientists come together to talk about new views on big issues based on longtermism. In this episode, researchers explore how changes to production and consumption patterns can ensure ecological sustainability.

Imposing new restrictions on producers and consumers, increasing price gaps between sustainable and unsustainable alternatives through tariffs, taxes, and levies can only go so far. The question stands: How do we balance the long term effects with the short term actions?

Joining the conversation with our host Glenn van der Burg, this episode's guests include:

  • Tom Bouwman, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Private Law at Leiden University
  • Martijn Snoep, Chair of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM)
  • Ana Poças Ribeiro, Postdoctoral Researcher on Circular Economy at Utrecht University
  • Michèlle Bal, Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University
  • Joel Anderson, Professor of Moral Psychology & Social Philosophy at Universiteit Utrecht

You can listen to the podcast 'Focused on the Future' on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere podcasts are available.

Listen to the episode on "Government"

About Longtermism and the podcast

Organizations and institutions often focus on the short term. Not considering the long-term impact has major implications in global issues such as climate change, poverty, deforestation, religious conflicts and migration. For these major issues we must develop long-term strategies. In the 'Focused on the Future' podcast, scientists and stakeholders come together to discuss new views on big issues based in 'longtermism'. This podcast is an initiative of Utrecht University, specifically the Longtermism Platform within the UU Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies.