От Устойчивого Развития Не Скрыться

НЬЮ-ЙОРК – Один год назад я был в Бразилии, чтобы запустить Бразильское отделение Организации Объединенных Наций по Решению в Области Устойчивого Развития (SDSN), по инициативе Генерального секретаря ООН Пан Ги Муна. Основной посыл, который я услышал в тот день было тот, что Сан-Паулу страдает от мега-засухи, но государство и местные политики держали это в тайне. Это реальность во всем мире: слишком многие политические лидеры игнорируют растущий экологический кризис, подвергая опасности свои и другие страны.

В случае Бразилии, у государственных и местных чиновников на уме в 2014 году были другие вещи: проведение чемпионата мира по футболу в июне-июле и победа на выборах в конце года. Таким образом, они опирались на проверенную временем политическую тактику: скрыть плохие новости за сообщением “хороших”.

Некоторые места поступили еще глупее, чем просто проигнорировав риски. Прибрежные острова Северной Каролины, как и прибрежные районы по всему миру, находятся под угрозой повышения уровня моря, вызванного изменением климата, причиной которого является деятельность человека. Тем не менее, в 2012 году, земельные разработчики убедили законодательное собрание штата запретить использование научных доказательств о повышении уровня моря в политике по управлению прибрежными государствами, по крайней мере, до 2016 года. Проблема столь же огромна и на федеральном уровне: члены Конгресса США, занятые Big Oil, просто отрицают реальность климатических изменений.

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