How to Structure the UN to Save The Amazon
Maybe instead of marching to Save the Amazon we should be marching to Change the Structure of Global Politics to Save the Amazon. Now that we are a global community in that we are accidentally or not interconnected - in that we, for example, all affect the atmosphere that each other breathes - we need new governance. It is true that there are a plethora of difficulties in reformulating the UN to become a functioning organization for global governance. The difficulties are logistical (because there are 5 veto powers who are also superpowers that we may assume will block any attempt to reform the structure, bad also, how do we know it is what the people of the world want anyway), and theoretical (once it is up and running, is a better structure one person per vote, or one country per vote? etc etc). But these are difficulties that we need to confront. To not confront them, is to concede defeat for humanity. The existing structures are failing at every level (ok, except for the stratosphere, as we managed global repair of the ozone layer). Maybe this: people start to demand a Citizens forum within the UN where ideas can be put forward for binding resolutions? You maybe happy to know this is already happening. There is already a group advocating for a United Nationals Parliamentary Assembly who say (this is from Andreas Bummel , their lead advocate, 2020): "The 75th anniversary of the UN coincides with a dramatic global health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic and exacerbated by an incoherent, slow and insufficient global response. This is another symptom of an underlying crisis of global governance. The traditional intergovernmental approach to global challenges is failing. Global warming is an example: action over the last thirty years has been ineffective. Scientists tell us that not much time is left, if any, to prevent a runaway climate crisis. The root cause of this ineffective governance is a scale mismatch between a political order based on nation-states and issues demanding decisive planetary action. What is needed is a new vision of a democratic world order that is based on shared global sovereignty for global issues. In the current context of nationalist populism, geopolitical tensions, and rising authoritarianism, the goal of a new UN, based on supranational global decision-making with real authority, will not be realized overnight. Nonetheless, whilst it is true that the world is faced with many acute problems requiring immediate action, it would be a big mistake not to pursue long-term systemic change in parallel. Transformation of today’s dysfunctional global system is long overdue. We are convinced that setting up a UN Parliamentary Assembly represents the single most important step towards this. The proposal of a UN Parliamentary Assembly as described in this study is pragmatic and achievable under current conditions. We envision a modest start that paves the way to incremental development, eventually leading to a transition of the assembly to a directly elected world parliament in connection with an overhaul of the UN and related institutions. The quicker this happens, the better. In the meantime, even in its initial stage, a UNPA has the potential to bring about powerful change." So, there are people out there that are trying desperately to make change. But there are not groundswells of global support or anything like global citizen consensus. And there is no incentive for any national government to get involved in this space. It is not their job. This platform can be one place where people interested in this kind of change can develop their ideas. We might not all be thinking about these issues at the same time, and it may be a year before the next interested global citizen joins this debate. But at least this is a place where such ideas can develop and grow. Without places like this, how can it? Save the Amazon!