[enviro-vlc] Is coersion necessary for mitigating climate change?
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Sun Jul 11 08:13:31 EST 2010
From: "Institute of Green Economy (IGREC)" <igrecd at gmail.com>
Date: 5 July 2010 11:47:08 PM PDT
To: "Climate Change Info Mailing List" <climate-l at lists.iisd.ca>
Cc: Dr Promode Kant <promode.kant at gmail.com>
Subject: Is coersion necessary for mitigating climate change?
Reply-To: "Institute of Green Economy (IGREC)" <igrecd at gmail.com>
An article titled "Is coersion necessary for mitigating climate change?" by Dr Promode Kant has been published on our website http://igrec.in/promod_kant.html
The changing climate can not be mitigated by a swarm of technologies. Because, every new innovation in energy supply and every increase in efficiency of energy usage encourages even greater use of energy. If technology can not be our saviour what can? Two leading thinkers of our age, Garrett Hardin and Kenneth Boulding, suggest coercive governance of the common space. Boulding gives the analogy of a closed spaceship which can only survive if it has one captain, a clear direction, and a well defined destination with little discretion to the travellers. Hardin brings parallel with a bank robber who is unlikely to listen to the fervent pleas of the bank depositors to refrain from robbing the common money. No society has compunctions about placing handcuffs on the hands that rob. But that is because there is a clear consensus on what constitutes robbery. Something which is yet to be developed for those who corner our common space.
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