Tag Archives: Climate Change

Copenhagen, climate change and equality

As I watch the the proceedings at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, it is also obvious to me that the global community, will not be able to tackle environmental issues until we tackle inequality.

I’m currently reading ‘The Spirit Level, Why more equal societies almost always do better’ by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Picket. Wilkinson and Picket present research to show how social cohesion, unity of spirit, equal sharing of resources and income partity, produce communities with better health and life expectancy.   The authors also argue that equality and social cohesion is also necessary to tackle the big environmental challenges.  See here for a Times On-line review of their book.

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Lisbon Treaty and the Environment?

Lisbon TreatyHeld a press-conference today, 25 September,  focusing on the environmental aspects of the Lisbon Treaty, and in particular claims that Lisbon is necessary to tackle Climate Change.  Also speaking at the conference were Independent Cllr. Chris O’Leary, Patricia McKenna and retired army commandant Edward Horgan.  See Irish Times report on the conference.