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July 13, 2007

Tell It Like It Is Ulrich

So, it's true then. Climate change can only be beaten by a New World Order.

Like the Titanic, the climate catastrophe knows no democracy. The majority of the victims are trapped in the cheap lower decks, from which there is no escape. Those who are driving climate change are simultaneously attacking the poorest of the poor and threatening their own means of survival. Those who seek to protect their citizens and properties in Britain, the US and Japan from the flooding that will occur when rivers burst their banks and sea levels rise are falling prey to the illusion that the social and political consequences of climate change can be addressed by a solo effort. This is merely another way of dodging the key issue of global justice.

And those who argue that "climate protection doesn't hurt" (to use the words of the German environment minister Sigmar Gabriel), that we can get climate change under control by using fuel-efficient engines and building clean power stations, are kidding themselves. Climate change is not solely a matter of hurricanes, droughts, floods, refugee movements, impending wars or unprecedented market failure. Suddenly, and for the first time in history, every population, culture, ethnic group, religion and region in the world faces a future that threatens one and all. In other words, if we want to survive, we have to include those who have been excluded. The politics of climate change is necessarily inclusive and global - it is cosmopolitics.

Slightly worrying for all those who simply think that reducing emissions would be enough. Or, possibly, could it be, is it even vaguely possible, that our Professor of Sociology is simply grasping at whatever he can to bolster his desire for such a New World Order?

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"..the climate catastrophe.."

Oh noes! Weather! Run for the hills!!

About time these Chicken Littles got a grip on themselves..

Posted by: JuliaM | Jul 13, 2007 9:59:10 AM

In the new, anxious world, leaders must learn to think beyond borders.

What is a border? A border is a line beyond which a "leader" does not have authority. Politicians make rules that go up to the border and not beyond; they send police as far as the border and not beyond.

If leaders think beyond borders, then there are no borders. The "leader" can enforce his rules as far as his armies can win.

If Gaia were, in Boris Johnson's immortal words, to get Carboniferous on our ass, the results could not be as bad as if leaders were to think beyond borders.

Presumably Beck's hero is George W Bush, who has thought beyond borders more than most leaders have.

Posted by: Andrew | Jul 13, 2007 11:05:56 AM

Or, of course, Bush's mentor on such things, speaking in 1999:

Today the impulse towards interdependence is immeasurably greater. We are witnessing the beginnings of a new doctrine of international community. By this I mean the explicit recognition that today more than ever before we are mutually dependent, that national interest is to a significant extent governed by international collaboration and that we need a clear and coherent debate as to the direction this doctrine takes us in each field of international endeavour. Just as within domestic politics, the notion of community - the belief that partnership and co-operation are essential to advance self-interest - is coming into its own; so it needs to find its own international echo. Global financial markets, the global environment, global security and disarmament issues: none of these can he solved without intense international co-operation.

Posted by: Andrew | Jul 13, 2007 3:42:18 PM