Is democracy too slow to achieve climate justice?



Fátima is Ecosia's Video Editorial Lead. She thinks in many Sprachen.

The latest IPCC report on the state of our climate made one thing very clear: we don't have time for politics that answer to private interests and lack compassion for those who suffer the worst consequences of climate change. We don't have time for politics that stand in the way of climate action.

This summer saw millions of hectares go up in flames in Russia, Turkey, the US and many other places. Niger is going through horrifying floods and Greenland saw rain for the first time on record.

Individual climate action is stronger than ever, but it can only go that far. As the COVID crisis taught us, it’s not enough to hope for small changes, we need to fundamentally, structurally change how our societies work.

Democracy is often questioned for its short election cycles that make it hard to push for long-lasting, sustainable changes.

But the problem is not democracy, the problem is that it’s simply not being implemented, at least not a fair version of it.

In this video we talk about three ideas of how to update democracy for a fair, climate just future.

Many of the ideas in this video are based on a book by Wolfgang Oels. He is COO at Ecosia.

The book is now available in bookstores and online, and published by oekom.

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