ICG member David Hopper muses about the state of environmentalism today and tomorrow.
Identity politics have never been far from the climate change discussion — socially liberal values make a comfortable fit for many environmentalists. But with the climate issue now commanding mainstream attention, new situations present themselves. Surges in Populism have fuelled antagonism from the more resistant audiences. It looks like a climate war. Underneath, however, is a culture war. So maybe for a decisive breakthrough, the climate side could soften on the less directly related radical social justice and do more to highlight the positive real-world benefits of new clean economies and technologies. For an even greater good….