Monday, February 25, 2008
Climate and the Social Contract
In his terrific article (Big Foot) in the Feb 25th edition of the New Yorker, Michael Specter quotes John Elkington of SustainAbility to the effect that climate change is going to force a change in what we think of as “democratic politics today”. It is an incredibly profound comment. Climate change is not just a scientific challenge but a political challenge. It poses a challenge to the responsiveness of our political institutions. Climate change is going to force a renegotiation of the social contract.