Saturday, 7 February 2009

Greening capitalism - Tim Flannery

Australian climate change activist Tim Flannery spent over 20 years in zoological research in Papua New Guinea, Pacific islands and Australia where he witnessed the growing impact of climate change. He wrote a series of warnings to lay audiences The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People (1994), Throwim Way Leg (1998), and The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and its Peoples (2001) calling attention to the rapid destruction of species.

His 2005 book The Weather Makers defended scientific evidence of climate change against the fossil fuel lobby and rightwing deniers. He says global warming could destroy the world economic system, causing riots, wars and millions of environmental refugees. If business refuses to find a "green capitalist" solution, the alternative is a "global carbon dictatorship". He has since attracted considerable support from progressive multinationals such as the WCSBD for his Copenhagen Climate Council, which will publish a series of Thought Leadership papers by business, science and government stakeholders. But for their real goals see Oscar Reyes' report on the CCC/WBCSD World Business Summit on Climate Change in May 2009.
See a summary of The Weather Makers online, Flannery's biography. The WBCSD is a major backer of UNEP's Sustainable Production and Consumption program, aka "The Marrakech Process" which may in the absence of international agreement on Kyoto2 targets, become a weaker but de facto system of carbon governance. UNEP's Green Economy Initiative supports this and other market mechanisms.

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