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The Guardian view on acclimatising democracy: deliberation, not confusion | Editorial

Reneging on international deals does not put the UK in a good position to lead global initiatives in the run-up to UN climate talksA decade ago, the writer and scientist James Lovelock despaired that the main obstruction to meaningful action to tackle the climate emergency was democracy itself. "Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being," he told this newspaper. "I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while". China's claim to leadership in global green debates is rooted in the idea that only enlightened dictators can take a long view, overcome entrenched interests and force the required changes in societies. However, eco-authoritarians see democracy through a glass, darkly.Dealing with humanity's impact on the planet is not a war to be ended in a decisive victory. It is a constant struggle of adaptation and mitigation. The route lies not in suspending democracy but enhancing it. Time is short. Even reducing greenhouse gas emissions as fast as possible, we can barely keep temperatures below dangerous limits. The moment urgently requires the public to be instilled with a commitment to ecological values and a desire to act in the face of an existential challenge. That is why the UK's first climate assembly is so important. It involved a group of 100 or so randomly selected UK citizens meeting and discussing with experts how the country should reach net zero emissions by 2050. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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