Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, February 12th, 2016 - 66 comments
Categories: climate change, community democracy, democratic participation, global warming, Globalisation, political alternatives, Revolution, science, socialism, sustainability, vision - Tags: climate change, corporate responsibility, democracy, future, tpp, TTIP, vision
Now that the TPP has been signed, all we need do is sit back and await its ratification alongside that of the TTIP in the northern hemisphere. Combined, these agreements will give corporations the heft they require to ensure that governments do the right thing by their citizenry.
In the future, when a government drags its heels on legislating in line with what is required as far as climate change obligations are concerned, corporations can threaten them with the prospect of an immense fine through ISDS mechanisms because, erm…not doing anything about climate change will have a negative impact on possible future profits. That’ll be their case. And it should be enough to bring governments into line and ensure that they do they right thing.
So, forget all the nonsense you may have heard about corporations drilling for fossil fuel deposits in the Arctic or extracting fossil fuels from shale deposits in Canada. Those things are just details in a deft and cunning game plan that corporations have to save the world.
Or then again…
Governments have been head-wanking over climate change since about 1990 and done nothing. Happily for them, if they are a signatory to either the TTP or TTIP (if those deals are ratified) then they will be more or less disempowered on the climate change front. If they do seek to enact legislation, then they’ll probably find themselves on the wrong end of a compensation claim for future lost profits.
Governments are essentially entrenching the status quo even though climate science has already informed us that huge social change was/is needed if there was/is to be even a slim chance of avoiding dangerous climate change. Our governments freely chose to make grand statements and do nothing about climate change on the basis that non-existent technology would be tested, found to work and rolled out on a massive scale at some point in the future. (The Paris Accord)
We’re going to over-shoot 2 degrees. That’s what we’re on track for and nothing is being done to alter that. So who’ll be to blame? I mean, holding someone to account won’t fix things, but still…
Well, governments are wriggling off the hook. All they will need to do in a world of TTIP and TPP is point to the restrictive environment they were required to legislate within. Y’know, they’d have done something if they could have… (honest).
And corporations have an ideological perspective that claims they only respond to market signals and consumer demands in a world of perfect economic neutrality (so they can’t possibly be to blame).
The only alternative to forlornly seeking out someone or something to blame in some knackered future is to be the social change that scientific evidence is both demanding of us and informing us about. And the simple, short version of getting your head around that is to acknowledge that society has sat between two masters these past hundred years or so. On the one hand there has been the state and on the other there has been the market. Both have failed us repeatedly and miserably. The only thing to be done then, is to end society’s relationship with both the state and the market and for us as a society to take direct, democratic control over all of our needs: socialism.