Do you think climate change is on equal footing as universal basic income in terms of importance?


I think climate is an existential threat to our way of life, as the last four years have been the four warmest years on record. But I think the issues are actually incredibly intertwined, because if you have a population that can’t pay its bills, it’s very, very hard to get people focused on climate change. Right now, 78 percent of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, and 57 percent can’t afford an unexpected $500 bill. So, if you say, “Hey, we need to combat climate change,” they’ll look at you and say, “I can’t pay my bills. The penguins can wait.” And so, by putting $1,000 a month into Americans’ hands, we can start focusing on the big problems. And climate change is the biggest problem of them all.

Source: Intelligencer