Richard Black, environment correspondent for the BBC News website asks an interesting question – Has climate change hijacked the wider environmental agenda? If so, why? And does it matter? He a number of leading environmental thinkers for a BBC Radio Four documentary, Climate Hijack. He says:
None of the people I interviewed for the programme argue that man-made climate change is not real or not important; there is no suggestion of a swindle here. Some believe a narrow focus on climate is justified – either because they feel it is so much more serious than every other issue, or because they feel there is real political momentum to solve it now and time enough to deal with everything else once that is done.
But others argue there is no time; that society needs, urgently, to see the wider picture of global decline in all its complexity – and that climate concerns have hijacked the broader agenda, to the detriment of us all.
Of course, right now we’d just like to see whether our ETS legislation is actually going to progress or not….