The Carbon Footprint Wars: What Might Happen If We Retreat from Globalization?

The Carbon Footprint Wars: What Might Happen If We Retreat from Globalization?

The Carbon Footprint Wars: What Might Happen If We Retreat from Globalization?

The Carbon Footprint Wars: What Might Happen If We Retreat from Globalization?

Synopsis

Climate change is acknowledged to be the major problem facing the human race, and the need to reduce our carbon footprint becomes ever more urgent as the scientific predictions of the effects of climate change become increasingly dire. Whether we are fully aware of the social and political consequences of striving for a significant reduction is more questionable. The Carbon Footprint Wars identifies the many dangers inherent in the projected solutions-such as retreating from the spread of globalization, the current socio-economic paradigm for world trade. The war of words that is being waged over the appropriate way to deal with our collective carbon footprint has critical implications for us all. Stuart Sim examines the issues in detail, raising questions about the assumptions being made on both sides of the climate change divide. He argues that we must urgently address the problem of how to engineer the best possible trade-off between economic survival and ecological disaster-and he puts forward some radical suggestions about how we should set about doing so.

Excerpt

Worried by global warming? The bulk of the evidence on climate change certainly suggests you should be. The world’s carbon dioxide levels are at their highest for 650,000 years, rising more rapidly than expected and pulling the average global temperatures up with them as they go. To continue in this way is to threaten the very basis of our civilization. But you should also be worried about what might be done in the name of arresting global warming’s growth. If some of the more radical steps being suggested to deal with climate change were put into practice, we could find ourselves in the middle of a global socio-economic disaster. It could mean the West winding down globalization as we currently know it, with all the horrendous consequences this would have for a developing world that is deeply dependent on the system, unfair though it generally is to those countries in its present form. Climate change would have claimed yet another set of victims, and the world politically would never be quite the same again. The climate change debate is full of projected solutions, and those solutions all have their consequences – but they might not always prove to be the consequences we wanted, or thought would be produced when we undertook a particular course of action.

So this book is in the nature of a thought experiment: what might happen – politically, socially, and economically – if we retreated from globalization in order to counter global warming and the . . .

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