Nothing illustrates the basic premise of Make Wealth History better than climate change. The more affluent our lifestyles, the more we contribute to climate change – through flying, driving, and consumer goods. And while we enjoy all the benefits of that lifestyle, the effects fall on those least responsible. 98% of those affected by climate change are in the developing world.
That makes climate change a justice issue and a moral problem. But it’s also a matter of economics – the root cause of climate change is consumerism, which in turn is driven by a growth model of the economy. In other words, we can’t treat climate change like an ‘environmental issue’. It forces us to rethink our lifestyles, our politics, and our economics, and how they are interconnected. That’s the angle I’ve taken on the blog here.
Lots of people are still asking if climate change is really happening,
- but the climate is already changing, wherever you look.
- even to the point of re-writing our maps
- and starting wars
It would be wrong to dismiss anyone with an alternative view of the science,
- but let’s check credentials and listen to the experts – anyone can sign a petition.
- We should be honest about what we know and what we can’t prove yet,
- but 97% of climate scientists actually agree on man-made climate change.
- And let’s remember that it’s very easy to make a headline say whatever you like.
Deciding how to act on climate change is just as contentious, and there are lots of misconceptions.
The government has a role to play
- according to the fair principles of contraction and convergence
- Tackling climate change with making poverty worse,
- and keeping climate aid fair.
But we need to take responsibility for ourselves
And if you’re still confused,