The relationship between climate change and democracy and how the one impacts on the other is interesting. A new article is Caroline Lucas in Prospect examines just that. Here is an excerpt:
Democracy, Winston Churchill famously said, is “the worst form of government except for all the others.”
It can be cumbersome, slow and inefficient—the very opposite of what we need to address an accelerating crisis like the climate emergency. But I don’t believe we will successfully tackle climate change without a thriving democracy. Nor do I believe that democracy can survive our failure to keep the climate safe. We must succeed at both, or we will lose both. Faced with the scale of change that’s needed, it’s useful to draw some lessons from the coronavirus pandemic.
The first lesson is that there is a huge well of common decency, generosity and community spirit: this came to the fore as we went into the first lockdown last spring. People across the country pulled together to help each other through the disruption. Trusted leaders can rely on people’s astonishing capacity to react well to a crisis.
Read the full article here.