Climate change is high on the political agenda right now. The European heatwaves have made it feel real, the success of Green parties in national and European elections has given politicians a wake-up call, and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has given popular frustration a human face.
Yet it might be a case of ‘too little, too late’. Media reports warn that humanity may have as little as 18 months to prevent catastrophic climate change. The COP26 climate summit in the United Kingdom in 2020 is seen by some as the last chance to take effective action. However, with the Trump administration in the US being widely seen as sceptical on climate change (and with the United States being the second-biggest greenhouse gas emitter after China) is there anything Europe can do?
Optimists argue we shouldn’t be fatalistic about the issue. They point to humanity’s limitless capacity for innovation. The idea of a global “Green New Deal” at least signals a recognition that a bold new approach is called for. There is good news out there on climate change (though you may have missed it). Humanity has never face a global threat of this scale before, but unprecedented crises are by definition unprecedented.
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