042: Rethinking the monetary system for social and ecological equity with Joseph Ament

In this episode, Courtney and Michael interview Joe Ament. Joe completed his PhD at the University of Vermont where he researched monetary theory and policy in the context of social and ecological equity. His work currently looks at public banking at the national and local levels as well as central banking policy for combating climate change and income inequality.

In this conversation with Joe, we go deep into the concept of money to think about common money misconceptions, the role of money right now during the COVID-19 pandemic and current economic crisis and finally why it’s so critical to think about the monetary system to design a just and sustainable future. 

If you are interested to learn more about Joe’s work, here are a couple recent publications:

Paper on Ecological Monetary Theory: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/3/923

Uneven Earth Article on the monetary system and the Green New Deal: http://unevenearth.org/2020/01/public-money-for-environmental-justice/