Climate Change - keeping it local
This idea comes from column by a Kenyan cartoonist, commenting on off-sets promised by some European countries at COP27: "The world should borrow the language of JRR Tolkien in The Hobbit: “If this is to end in fire, then we should all burn together.” The fact is, the West has just as much to lose, if not more, than the rest of us from the climate crisis. Using the tropes of the 1990s’ humanitarian appeals that portray Global South folk as helpless victims will only inspire the same superficial, charitable responses that are designed to make the giver look and feel good, rather than address the problem – as Switzerland has demonstrated. Rather than saving Brazilian rainforests, maybe a better and more impactful discussion would be what to do about the drying Seine. Rather than the image of climate change being floods in Pakistan, perhaps it should be the thousands dying in heatwaves in the United Kingdom. In the end, it is not our pain and suffering that will move the West in any meaningful way. It is a recognition of their own. And only when we change the conversation can we expect that to happen." So the idea is this: Sometimes we need to think local to act global.