Britain shouts about immigration but is silent on one of the root causes: climate change | Andrew Simms | Environment | The Guardian
The Guardian have a regular item, ‘100 months to save the world’. Yesterday it was the turn of Andrew Simms, some nonentity who seems to be a regular columnist, to blame it all on us wicked westerners:
What happens as large-scale migration becomes inevitable due to a combination of environmental, economic and humanitarian reasons? Do we tackle the drivers and help the displaced, or worsen conditions causing the displacement and reject responsibility for those affected?
The campaign for Britain to leave the EU was related to those sceptical of action on global warming and in favour of financial deregulation. It’s a paradoxical package, on the one hand creating the conditions for human displacement and migration through environmental damage and inequality, and on the other washing its hands of the inevitable consequences.
Global inequality is recognised as one push factor in human displacement. Climate change is another major factor, and it’s set to worsen according to the UN refugee agency.
I have two initial thoughts:
1) Simms assumes that anything the UK does could have any effect on global climate
2) There is an implication that because the wicked West wants to improve its standard of living, it is somehow guilty of “increasing inequality”!
Perhaps, therefore, we should all return to 1930’s style poverty, and solve the immigration problem!
All comments welcome!