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A new conversation with the centre-right about climate change

Jun 12, 2013 by | 2 Comments


The Climate Outreach & Information Network’s latest report, ‘A new con­ver­sa­tion with the centre-right about cli­mate change’, has been pub­lished and you can down­load it here:

COIN – A new con­ver­sa­tion with the centre-right about cli­mate change

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  • Excellent report.

    I’ve been puzz­ling over how to engage the busi­ness com­munity since Martin Wolf wrote his recent, rather pess­im­istic, art­icles. To his credit, Wolf asks some good ques­tions — he dis­cusses how to com­mu­nicate and engage when he says “we must start by offering humanity a far better future. Fear of dis­tant horror is not enough”. We need to frame that better future, and your report is a very useful con­tri­bu­tion, as it addresses a range of under­lying values which can help build that 360° long term vision of an accept­able (if not better) future. Without such a vision, we are left with Wolf’s pessimism.

    Your report addresses the centre right. This is a good starting point, but the envir­on­mental left needs to start thinking too. In most European coun­tries, the green polit­ical parties are anchored so far to the left of most voters that the envir­on­mental mes­sage is get­ting lost. I resigned from my local green party because I rejected this amalgam which is counter-productive for com­mu­nic­ating about envir­on­mental issues.

    Good work!

  • Hurrah for sanity! It’s always been a sad­ness for me that the left wing agenda has been con­flated with the green agenda. Like Jeff B, it kept me from being an act­ivist in any area other than my own enterprises.

    Always wanted to start a new polit­ical party, BrightGreen. Stands for Be Rightwing and Green!!

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