As British high streets and farm fields lie under water this week, Boris Johnson has repeatedly been urged to put on his wellies, go out and listen to flood victims. So far though, his response has been more about tin ears than rubber boots: during Storm Dennis the prime minister was reportedly holed up in a 17th-century mansion in the Kent countryside. As even Nigel Farage and the Sun have pointed out, this is a pathetic failure of leadership. On a more sinister level, it is entirely consistent with a darkly elitist view of how to deal with the climate crisis. This threat to human civilisation ought to merit collaborative action at the highest global level. This seemed to be the case in the 1980s and 90s – those halcyon days of the “international community” – when world leaders stepped up to reverse the depletion of the ozone layer and put in place new United Nations structures to address the then nascent threats of global warming and biodiversity loss. Since then, decades of fossil fuel-funded denial and a shift in the political and economic landscape have taken their toll. Today, a growing number of governments prefer to stress how impotent… Read full this story
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