Britain Succumbs to Fear — Europe Shattered by Deteriorating Physical and Political Climate


In Central India, during 2016, millions of farmers who have lost their livelihoods due to a persistent drought made worse by climate change are migrating to the cities. The climate change induced monsoonal delays and ever-worsening drought conditions forced this most recent wave of climate change refugees to make a stark choice — move or watch their families starve.

It’s a repeat of a scene that happened in Syria during 2006 through 2010, but on a much larger scale. A scene that will repeat again and again. In Bangladesh and the other low lying coastal and delta regions of the world, hundreds of millions will be uprooted by sea level rise. In the US Southwest, India, Africa, South America, the Middle East and Southern Europe hundreds of millions more will be uprooted by drought. All because we, as a global civilization, failed to work together to halt fossil…

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6 thoughts on “Britain Succumbs to Fear — Europe Shattered by Deteriorating Physical and Political Climate

  1. I think people have seized upon the immigration issue for political reasons – but there’s a lot more to exiting the EU than just that. Globalization certainly does nothing to stop climate change, or exploit people in other countries, Monsanto being a prime example (talk about Indian farmers losing their livelihoods! and their lives too). Nothing says that the UK can’t have a good immigration and climate policy because they are no longer in the EU, and they are the 5th largest economy in the world. They are not the US, or our political lapdog or pawn. They are and have been a formidable political power. They can negotiate their own trade agreements. Their ability to hang tough through adversity is legendary and to protect persecuted members of society (remember WWII, even when the US was still isolationist), and another ‘bloated bureaucracy’ according to some (hello? where have we heard that before?) They won’t crumble with the threat of a government shutdown and agree to anything to avoid it.

  2. The voters in Trumpism, Brexit, climate change denial have some commonalities: ignorance, authoritarian thinking, attraction to simple minded answers to complex problem, easily demagogues, proud of their ignorance, republican brains

  3. The Trump phenomenon is a consequence, and some of the people complaining the most can look to themselves as a primary cause. Whether in the UK or here, the bubble people (the political establishment, including the parties, the pundits, and think tank spokesman), ignored the mood of the country and its rising anger. In their gated communities and high-end offices they forgot about the factories and the mills that were closed in the 1980s, along with the farmers who lost their land. When the Great Recession seemed to be over, they forgot about latest people who lost their homes and jobs. Structural job market shifts changed the whole economy and employment market. People who saw their jobs in the steel mills and textile factories go to China retrained on computers for the digital age and then saw their jobs go to India. Income inequality, pay stagnation, loss of the American dream we hear so much about but that died for many a couple of decades ago, fuels the rage. Similar unrest is occurring in Europe over a war in the Middle East that many believe never should have been fought and the rubble-strewn countries of Iraq and Syria send millions of migrants westward.

    When Trump loses in the fall, we’ll be left with The Establishment here and most of the same groups in Europe. Then what?

    • I wish the networks carried more news from around the world but thank heavens for the Internet.

      That is a really good article. I think if I were living in England, I would have voted for Brexit. We’ll have to see what happens, but I hope we haven’t created a world that an enterprising country can’t survive in alone. Having a commission in Europe decide so many things, including nitty gritty regulations, would be hard to take.

      I think the direction the political leaders are taking is globalism–no borders, no national cultures–just the world as one huge marketplace. That will mean more economies of scale in Big Ag, more factory farms, more megafarms, more land and forests taken for development with more jobs being sent about the world. Globalism may be great for the elites who are running things, but the rest, as many people in England have realized for years now, are not benefiting. They just have to compete for jobs with an ever increasing workforce, many of whom live in countries with a lower cost of living, lower standards of living, and lower pay. Trade deals continue to increase.

      I was on a conference call with TradeJustice about the TPP. They bought up the issue of endangered species and the deal doesn’t look promising. Specifically mentioning sharks, they said that the language of the regulations reads that countries “should” seek to preserve sharks. But no “shall” preserve sharks, in other words, no laws. On top of that, tariffs will be lifted or reduced on many things. Some countries, such as Vietnam have tariffs on shark products. When the tariffs are lifted, the fins, etc., will be less expensive, and so I assume the demand will go up!

      Something equally ugly took place with the attempt to save dolphins. The US was sued by the WTO because the label on tuna cans certifying that the brand was dolphin-safe was deemed discriminatory for shutting out tuna from some countries, even though they were shut out because they were not dolphin safe!

      Anyway there seem to be similarities between England and America, since Americans here are facing a lot of the same issues as those across the pond. People in the EU are having some second thoughts too. A few pundits have suggested that the union may unravel. Could get more and more interesting!

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