On the Road to Paris, we need everyone on board
In 2009, the Copenhagen climate conference was billed as “the last chance to ‘save the world’”. Six years on, politicians, campaigners and diplomats are gearing up once again for another go – this time in Paris, at the end of the year.
In a new essay, COIN’s Research Director Dr Adam Corner argues that Paris 2015 needs to be part of a much wider narrative joining the dots between climate change and people’s lives.
The essay is a contribution to “Bringing it home – making a global deal on climate change a reality”, published by the Fabian Society. The new pamphlet explores what the Paris negotiations mean and could achieve in the context of a changed political climate. Overall, it argues, Paris cannot be seen as a single event – but a critical staging point on a longer journey.
COIN’s contribution argues that climate change has been trapped in a box marked ‘environmentalism’. Moving it out means talking to more than the usual suspects and mobilising cultural imagination in new ways – like COIN’s ‘seven dimensions of climate change’ collaboration with the Royal Society of Arts. It means engaging with the centre right. And it means telling a consistent, coherent, story about climate impacts.
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