The root causes of climate change and the most effective steps to reduce CO2 emissions were not discussed in Paris. Yet more and more people are waking up to the fact that our current corporate-driven economic model is causing havoc to the planet and to people. It is up to civil society to lead the debate and keep the pressure on governments to change the system behind climate change.
In the wake of the Paris climate talks, Local Futures has released a 16 page action paper entitled Climate Change or System Change? (left).
It argues that globalization – the deregulation of trade and finance through an ongoing series of “free trade” treaties – is the driving force behind climate change.
This post is based on leads in a message we received from Local Futures’ Director Helena Norberg Hodge (right), who trained as a linguist with Chomsky and has delivered her message in English, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Ladakhi.
A recording of Local Futures’ first webinar, with community economist Michael Shuman and Helena Norberg is now uploaded on YouTube.
In this event, recognised pioneers of the localisation movement – community-economist and author, Michael Shuman and Helena – explored localisation as a systemic solution-multiplier that simultaneously lowers CO2 emissions, restores democracy and provides secure livelihoods.
Climate Change or System Change? will be the focus of the second international webinar in January, as part of the Global to Local webinar series. More information will follow soon. Contact via http://www.localfutures.org/contact-us/
Part 2 – Brief extracts from the 16 page action paper entitled Climate Change or System Change? – may be seen here: https://britain2020.wordpress.com/localisation-systemic-solution-multiplier-part-2/