Editor’s letter by Lisa: climate summit as peace summit
Two of the world’s leading thinkers on climate change shared the stage for the first time this week. They talked about Paris.
Like my dear ex-colleague Johan Wirfält said at his introduction at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern earlier this week, it really was a big event taking place that night–two of the world’s leading thinkers on climate change shared the stage for the first time: Johan Rockström, professor in environmental science and Naomi Klein, author and social/environmental activist known for books like No Logo, The Shock Doctrine and the latest This changes everything.
Johan Rockström started by pointing out he’s one of Naomi’s biggest fans. He also said her books aligns with science, which Naomi appreciated.
The two agree on putting climate on the top of the agenda, but they approach the goal of achieving a “decarbonized safe future for humanity” differently. In these dark times, when, as Naomi said on stage, we haven’t recovered from the attacks in Paris yet; the ground moving beneath our feet; I want to take a moment to focus on what they actually agree on.
A week ago, Paris meant climate summit.
Now, Paris is disaster and terrorism.
But stil, we cannot change the subject.
Social and ecological change causes turbulence. (The historic drought in Syria, for example, is one of the factors that lead to the acceleration of conflict.)
You can’t disconnect terror from climate change.
Climate change destabilizes regions.
So, as Johan Rockström said:
“We must go to Paris, we must talk about a rapid transformation to a climate future as a venture of peace.”
Naomi Klein agreed:
“Let’s see the climate summit as a peace summit. We can’t be afraid to have confidence in what we know in a time of crisis.”
Take an hour and listen to the conversation between Johan Rockström and Naomi Klein here. And stay safe and confident in what you know. <3
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