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Environmental activists are getting caught in the trap of climate nationalism too

Eoin O’Malley


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Protests held at COP26. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA

Protests held at COP26. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA

Protests held at COP26. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA

A phenomenon called climate nationalism is thought by activists to be hindering the actions necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change. Given carbon emissions don’t respect borders, we would have thought a ‘One Planet’ approach might ensue, that we’re all in it together, so we’d willingly work together to prevent climate change. But there are good reasons why we don’t.

First of all, the whole world might be affected by climate change, but that doesn’t happen evenly. A 2C rise in average temperature (which is what the current best case scenario aims for) might translate into much higher than 2C seasonal rises in certain places, and it could render some places uninhabitable.


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