‘Genuine attempts to save the earth require an open dialogue.’
If I were a delegate at the twenty-sixth UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), there are six types of wolves I would be looking out for.
In the absence of a level playing field, countries with the most power and wealth will send the most delegates to argue their viewpoint. Without shame, they will sit at the high table repeating that pious lie of solidarity: ‘We are all in this together.’ They actually have protective nationalistic tendencies – for example, they continue to hoard Covid vaccines, and the raw materials needed to make them. The pandemic has revealed disturbing limits in global solidarity. Economic inequality exacerbates environmental damage; the two issues are intrinsically linked. Profits are made in ‘developing countries’, but not by the people who live there.
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