When the world stops protecting us, we’ll stop protecting you
By Laura Bassett and John WalcottThe world’s climate crisis is reaching its climax, but not before an epic battle between the rich and poor has erupted, with many millions of people in the developing world living in poverty.
This week, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Bonn, Germany, will kick off, and one of the main issues is climate change, with more than 30 nations, including China, Brazil, India, and South Africa, set to discuss how to deal with the growing crisis.
In a wide-ranging interview with National Review, former President Bill Clinton, climate scientist James Hansen, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani discuss the challenges facing humanity and the ways to deal effectively with it.
“The global warming issue is a problem that affects the whole world, and it’s a problem of the planet,” says former President Clinton, who was also the secretary of state and the first U.S. president to visit the United States.
“It’s a global problem, and the way to solve it is to find solutions to it.”
“The world is going to have to face a very difficult and difficult time in the future,” he continues.
“The people of the world are going to be the most vulnerable.
We are going at the hands of the climate system.
We need to solve the problem of global warming now.”
The United Nations climate conference kicks off Thursday, and Clinton’s remarks were part of an interactive session hosted by the World Resources Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank that advocates for climate-resilient development.
The session, entitled “The Great Divide,” was moderated by National Review editor in chief Rich Lowry.
In the interview, Clinton says the issue is not just a climate problem but one of justice.
“There is no question that climate change is a crisis of justice,” he said.
“And so the only way to deal is to put in place a system of justice and justice for the people of this planet.”
There is not a single justice system in the world, not one justice system that is able to effectively respond to a crisis that we have in the United Kingdom.
It’s a crisis, it’s serious, it is a global crisis.
And it will get worse,” he added.
“They were living in areas that were getting up to 1.6C hotter than they should have been, and now they are suffering.””
One of the most disturbing things that I saw in the past two years was how vulnerable the population of England and Wales was to climate change,” he told The Times.
“They were living in areas that were getting up to 1.6C hotter than they should have been, and now they are suffering.”
The British government’s failure to respond effectively to the crisis, and to invest in adaptation, was “shameful,” Hansen said.
The British government “has a huge amount of responsibility for climate change.
The prime minister is responsible for it.”
And the failure of the Conservative government to respond to the growing concern about climate change has “really, really hurt the economy of the country.”
He said that the British economy has been on the “slowest track in history” for decades, and that its economy “is basically dependent on coal, and [coal] is going through a very slow recovery.”
“This crisis is not only about the planet, it also has a profound impact on our society,” Hansen says.
“Our politics is really, really dysfunctional.”
The problem is that “we have a lot of people who are really disconnected from their own communities,” he continued.
“We are not getting the jobs.
We’re not getting our kids going to school.
We have not got our schools properly built.
And we have not had a proper political discussion about how to handle the climate crisis.”
He said that as a result, many people are now “somewhat fed up with politics,” and are voting for parties that support policies that harm the environment and “take away the rights of people living in the poorest parts of the globe.”
Hansen says that the global economic crisis, which he calls a “financial crisis,” is “the single biggest threat” facing the world.
“This financial crisis has really damaged the whole planet,” he says.
The United States, he adds, has “taken over the planet” in just the last decade.
“We have to start talking about what we’re going to do to address this crisis,” he adds.
“If we don’t address the climate issue now, it will become a global economic and political crisis.”
Clinton’s remarks on the crisis come after President Obama, in his State of the Union address, urged the world to focus on the problem at hand.
“Global warming is real, it can be deadly, and no one should take it lightly,” he declared.
“That is why it is urgent that we invest more in our climate-