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Professor Kevin Anderson: “To hell in a hand cart”

Nick Breeze

Nick Breeze

Climate journalist and host of the ClimateGenn podcast.

In the run-up to COP26, we face a new onslaught of mainstream media coverage of how this conference will decide the fate of humanity. The truth is that even the best outcome being sought by policymakers is far short of what the science tells us is needed to stabilise the global climate.

Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, where the accelerating decline of planetary systems was acknowledged and leaders expressed the need for change, nothing has been achieved to stop the catastrophic circumstances that we are facing today.

In this episode of Shaping The Future I am speaking with Professor Kevin Anderson about his (and colleagues) new paper to be published on the 17th October titled, Three Decades of Climate Mitigation: Why Haven’t We Bent the Global Emissions Curve? 

In this analysis also emerges potential opportunities that could shift the locus of where we are in entrenched greed by a powerful few, towards a better prepared and resilient future for the majority of us.

In the next episode, I am speaking with Jakapita Nanganda on her struggle to oppose oil drilling and the contamination and destruction of forests in Namibia and the challenges her family is confronting in the face of severe drought. Jakapita will be traveling to COP26 as part of Fridays For Future International to demand a brighter future for her generation. 

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3 thoughts on “Professor Kevin Anderson: “To hell in a hand cart””

  1. It is incredibly disheartening Prof. Anderson still thinks the political and expert “classes” must lead. Sure, he’s saying we need a wider range of thinking involved and so “invites in” we mere mortals, but what he fails to grasp is two-fold: The “experts” hosted the ride down this slope into chaos, so why would we follow them out? Indeed, Kevin and his tribe of pocket protector wielders, as well as the political and economic “leaders” must become followers and enablers. That is, we know what to do. Some have always known. Kevin, et al., don’t know what to do. Where the power structures of the fast-fading current/past era can, and must, do, is listen to what we tell you and facilitate our doing of it by leveraging what is left of the present to build a better future where there is nothing but… everything.

  2. We should do a discussion of the Regenerative Governance model which would facilitate reintegrating with Nature while effectively managing how we interact with the planet to heal her, and is.

  3. Never ceases to amaze me that Kevin A is able to put the same messages over, year after year, in a way that still feels fresh, without any hint of frustration on his part.

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