After the disappointing climate change talks in Warsaw, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has admonished governments to “put aside narrow national interests” in pursuit of reducing carbon emissions. In my Huffington Post piece published this week, I question the logic in pitting the idea of ‘national interest’ against the long term goal of climate change reduction:
Annan’s statement suggests that national self-interest and decisive action on climate change are mutually exclusive. Indeed, this seems to be everyone’s general assumption. But they don’t have to be. Strange as it may seem, making dramatic cuts in carbon emissions can be made to be in each nation’s self-interest; not just in the longer-term (in the sense that we all need a stable climate to survive), but in the short-term too.
How? Read my full article on the Huffington Post to find out.
Russell Brand’s now-viral video interview with Jeremy Paxman raises old questions about the effectiveness of our political system, and some interesting new ones about the relationship between our words and our deeds when it comes to political action.
For Brand, the system is useless, out-of-touch with the global concerns of a disenfranchised majority, and there are many who agree with him. But the question then becomes – what do you want to do about it? It seems to me it isn’t enough just to highlight the failures of our political leaders – we have to be ready to offer solutions. Not just thinking globally, but acting globally too.
You can read more on my thoughts on Brand, Paxman, politics and the solutions to our global problems on my Huffington Post blog.