"Waging war" on Climate Change ?

27 Jul 2019

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“Waging war” on Climate Change ?

‘To what extent should we be talking like this?’ ‘Can the war years provide any lessons on how to deal with environmental challenges?’

/summary thread of @joshburke81 @GRI_LSE article https://t.co/57DguP0aOS with💡comments https://t.co/CeWf1yFZ2w

“Wartime rhetoric, […], pervades public discourse in many fields.” :

💡see also Dutch philosopher André Klukhuhn https://t.co/sPGdcTEJ23

Target states, not individuals

“It falls to the individual to adopt the spirit of a ‘war effort’, when it is the state, institutions and private sector that must take the greater actions.”

💡@lowtechmagazine @kris_de_decker : ‘We can’t do it ourselves’ https://t.co/TaSVknaWlv

Not to absolve from our collective responsibility:

💡BE : @klimaat_be @climat_be strong attention behavioral change in specific 2050 scenario https://t.co/9daAWYBKFe

Balancing hope and fear

“Achieving these behavioural shifts is contingent on engaging the public in a positive and articulate fashion, explaining the need for urgency while being clear that the impacts will be spread equitably across society”

“There is no doubt that the cost of inaction would dwarf the cost of reducing emissions now. But we must move away from the language of cost, hardship and sacrifice and towards innovation, growth and investment opportunities, a much more positive and attractive narrative”

Where war is a useful analogy

“Only structural change to institutions and economies will deliver a low-carbon world”

-> large infrastructure projects are often too big for the private sector to finance alone @MazzucatoM https://t.co/XubZXS8laN

"”In each industrial revolution, successive governments played a huge role in marshalling resources and diffusing these revolutions”

💡see also ongoing @EIB climate and energy policy restructuring https://t.co/eRHvePMqTs @AMcDowell

💡 using Quantitative Easing for the climate by bringing the @ecb on board @pdegrauwe @LSEEcon https://t.co/QH76ieNBGU @Climat2020 @Roosevelt_Be

💡constructing a timely industrial policy @TomasWyns @IES_Brussels taking care of long-term investment cycles

New structures of governance

“any large-scale infrastructure-spending programme undertaken today commensurate with those from the WWII era would be subject to intense public scrutiny, and, in likelihood, political and legal controversy”

UK : @theCCCuk called last week for “new structures of governance to facilitate the transition to a net-zero economy in progress report https://t.co/0Qsgyq1fd7

this “would be needed to overcome obstructive deficits in cross-departmental coordination and collaboration”

“It suggests, for example, a ‘Climate Cabinet’, chaired by the Prime Minister @10DowningStreet and including the Chancellor of the Exchequer and relevant Secretaries of State, with “transparent public reporting of progress and plans”

@openmod @TheIIOA @dr_anneowen @indecol

💡Belgium : @LucLavrysen @ResearchUGent @ugent pointing at the “coordinating role of the federal government in climate policy and strengthening the tasks of the National Climate Commission” @BelgiumMFA @klimaat_be @climat_be https://t.co/4GamMUTgdC @JustEnviNet @UNECEAarhus

💡keeping an eye on the investments of other State Investment Banks (SIBs) and Multilateral Investment Banks (MIBs) https://t.co/RkGzK5mYro @BjarneSteffen @ETH_EPG

💡watching out for international risks of #ISIDS for climate policy https://t.co/qLWOPUSUu8 @KylaTienhaara

💡reflecting on the communication of #Science #IPCC @IPCC_CH in the political debate https://t.co/aNRWP7UU75 @DoctorVive @Oliver_Geden

💡combatting fake news / scientific denial https://t.co/k51wtpzU36 @KarlMathiesen @ClimateHome @CarbonBrief @ed_hawkins @MichaelEMann @sabbanms

💡considering bold and innovative - or old? - policies :

💡using qualitative physical flow and stock data + increasing institutional effort to collect those


@openmod @openclimatedata @CopernicusECMWF @CopernicusEU @CopernicusEMS @indecol @ISIEYale @isie_sem @UNStats

💡See also a summary of the #IIOA2019 @TheIIOA climate transition debate on data collection policies : https://t.co/vXDHDb9bH9