Here’s Arthur Nelson in the Guardian, writing about on a report that outlines the potential advantages of fighting climate change beyond ensuring that the Earth remains vaguely habitable:
Putting China on course for a world warmed only by two degrees would save over a million lives and create almost 2m jobs – compared to the 100,000 lives and 500,000 jobs set out in its climate deal with the US.
Comparable figures in the US for a 2C pathway would see 650,000 new jobs created and 27,000 deaths avoided.
As when I was writing about the practical benefits of providing secure, affordable housing, I feel the need to clarify that I think combating climate change is a worthwhile – or rather, necessary! – aim in itself.
As when I was writing about housing, I remain conscious of the fact that brute necessity itself is not always deemed to be enough to make action seem viable in society. If that strikes you as baffling, you’re in good company here!
Elsewhere, our own Jim Densham writes about the For The Love Of… climate campaign, and in doing so he provides more sympathetic picture of our seeming inactivity:
Most people don’t even need convincing that [climate change] will have huge impacts if we don’t act now. Perhaps our collective inaction on sorting out the climate is down to us not knowing what to do about it rather than not believing it is a threat.
I spent Valentines Day and the weekend before last asking visitors to RSPB Scotland events what they love, as part of the For The Love Of…climate campaign. The simple message is that everything we love and hold dear could be affected if we don’t act to halt climate change now….
If I tend to focus more on the social aspects of Green policy, it’s because my personal and professional background has given me more of a sense of what I think is wrong and what I think could be done about it on that level.
I still feel overwhelmed by the current state of our society – here’s Paul Mason with a description of the three nations of Britain, and here’s Aditya Chakrabortty on the moral bankruptcy of the “workers vs. shirkers” rhetoric that dominates the conversation – but if I’m honest that feeling is of the same kind but of a different order to my reaction to climate change.
All of the research I did during the referendum on Scottish independence lead me to the conclusion that most the proposals I found most inspiring on a social level – those from the Common Weal/Scottish Green axis – were also the most tuned in to our environmental situation.
Empowering people to feel that change is possible is one of the big challenges we face. Bearing that in mind, perhaps I should worry less about demonstrating the potential benefits for jobs and health that could come from climate change – after all, it was seeing it all as part of the one situation that led me here in the first place!