What Next Volume III – Climate, Development and Equity
This 355-page book provides a selection of articles by key scholars and activists at the forefront of the struggle for climate justice. It outlines the severity of the crisis and the fundamental importance of equity, exposes false solutions and advocates for real solutions and the key role of civil society.
- The situation is severe and demands that radical and far-reaching changes be made.
- It is a nightmarish predicament that we are in, and there is no way we can effectively deal with the challenges to the extent needed without fun- damental changes in the way our societies work; including challenging power structures, the way we run our economies, and the very meaning of ‘development’ and ‘progress’.
- With the stakes so high – es- sentially the future of humankind (and ‘Mother Earth’) as we know it – and with ultimately everyone at peril, there is also an imperative for far-reaching change
- Solutions do exist, and it is possible to envisage a much more equitable world that has collectively managed to drastically reduce its emissions, avoid truly catastrophic global warming and increase the level of happiness and genuine well-being
- While regarding equity as fundamentally and morally important in itself, the volume also holds that equity is a prerequisite for the drastic global emissions cuts that will need to take place over the next few decades.
- A vibrant civil society – of concerned and engaged citizens – is needed to speak the truth, and to stake out and normalise what may seem ‘radical’ by today’s political ‘realism’.
My hope is that this volume will provide insights into the links between climate, development and equity to a diverse audience. It will hopefully help demystify the climate negotiations for those who are not follow- ing them closely, provide a richness of detail on a number of distinct issues for those engaged in negotiations, advocacy and policy work, and engage with challenging perspectives and inspiration around solutions and problems that are largely outside of the negotiations: from struggles against oil companies to ‘Transition Towns’. Hopefully the mix of con- tributions and approaches can stimulate important conversations – and tough debate – on many of these matters, and in all kinds of quarters.