It wasn’t until recently, after the Cold War, that we saw a shift towards human rights, but even still, the UN is primarily focused on State-State relations. Now, to understand the vast array of UN bodies that work to support sustainable development and maintain ecological balance, one must know that the nature of the UN is like a spider-web: it is a deeply complex, yet delicate, system of which every stream is connected and reliant on one another.Read More
Free Markets Won’t Get Us to 100% Renewables Bart Shteinman – Politics & Economics For those of us anguished by the Climate Crisis, positive stories about renewables are a kind of planetary Prozac – they put us in a sunnier mood when all else seems dark and futile. A new record-beating price here, a…Read More
“We’re all in this Together”: the Common Goods of Public Health and the Environment Dr. Gordon Menzies and Dr. John McClean – Politics and Economics After submitting a piece on environmental inaction, Dr Gordon Menzies and co-author, Dr John McClean, are back to dig further into the dynamics of environmental action and inaction, using the…Read More
If nothing changes and the protesters’ anger and frustration is not met with systematic change, the situation will only get worse. The climate crisis will exacerbate the causes of the current frustration via a massive drop in standard of living, a power grab from the ruling class, hyper-commodification of our basic needs, and the purposeful destruction of any semblance of the political power of the working class.
Unless sweeping changes that address the economic and racial frustration filling the country is made, we better get used to looting because it will only become more commonplace.Read More
On one side, there is the burgeoning environmental movement(s), on the other, denialism and its partner, state gaslighting. This article offers a cautionary tale about state gaslighting around climate change – greenhouse gaslighting (pardon the pun). If current trends continue, Australia will witness an accelerated state attempt to negate reality.Read More
Throughout history, once outrageous ideas often find themselves with public support many years later.
A policy option on the table today may not necessarily be on the table tomorrow. In 2020, the moving target of public opinion is shifting faster and faster with each crisis and historic event. While it doesn’t always materialise in such a way, policymakers are beholden to what is deemed acceptable in what political scientists call the Overton Window. Developed in the mid-1990’s by Joe Overton of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the Overton Window is a ‘model for understanding how ideas in society change over time and influence politics’.Read More
Idle factories, empty highways, and grounded passenger jets. With Covid-19 shutting down broad swathes of the global economy, it has been a silver lining for some that our planet might finally be enjoying a temporary respite.
Following the initial outbreak in Wuhan, February carbon dioxide emissions were recorded to have fallen year-on-year by 25% for the entire Chinese economy.Read More
Refugees have progressively found it harder and harder to locate a safe and accepting place to live as the anti-immigration movement has grown from the periphery of the far right, taking front and center stage in modern day politics.
Fears around the economic sustainability of taking care of refugees and their influence on society and culture have intensified. Anti-immigrant rhetoric has percolated across western liberal democracies in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.Read More