Why climate change, social justice, automation unemployment and income inequality are all tied together. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
The criticism around the Green New Deal is that it is too broad, too sweeping and too all-encompassing. It is seeking to address a bunch of different things when it should be concentrating on mitigating the effects of extreme weather. As a Futurist, my job is to follow trends and find out how those trends will impact humanity. Here are four trends that indicate why any legislation that addresses climate change must also address the sister crises of income inequality, automation unemployment and social justice.
Climate change mitigation means re-inventing society. One of the most stark statements from the International Panel on Climate Change in their exhaustive report from last year is this one:
We must fundamentally change the nature of society in the next decade.
That's unprecedented. I say, this could be a good thing. Our societies have a bunch of open wounds that we have been too lazy or too afraid to address. It appears climate change is dragging us to the table of solutions kicking and screaming. We will need to redress how we live, how we treat the environment and, fundamentally, how we treat each other. Whatever we've done prior to this moment in time, has brought us to an extinction level event. We now are forced to think about a new way forward.
It's time for global social justice. While climate change is a global responsibility of every nation, it cannot be ignored that the primary makers of the challenge we face now are the richest nations ---the global north industrial nations along with China.
Unfortunately, the global south countries and disenfranchised communities of color will face the brunt of the immediate disasters. In the spirit of fairness, this is an opportunity for the world communities to re-imagine how they work together. A campaign to make this part of the climate change mitigation strategy only makes sense.
Offsetting automation unemployment with climate change jobs: At the worst possible time, millions of people will be losing their jobs to advanced technology. At the least, pay will stagnate and start to drop as automation and robots make the concept of job cheaper.
This challenge provides the perfect time to put a climate change workforce into place to address the most pressing issues around the world. I grew up as a member of the Youth Conversation Corp. We were paid to address weather-related disasters and environmental crises. Re-creating something along those lines can help offset the job crisis as it unfolds while addressing our most pressing need -- climate change mitigation.
Addressing income inequality before a bad situation gets worse. Income inequality is threatening the very fabric of societies as workers struggle to meet the day to day. As climate change disasters continue to rise, people will need resources to cope with moving and basic survival. Providing Universal Basic Income may be one idea to check into. Another would be more creative approaches to how our communities are set up. We're running out of time on this.
I invite you to join me on the new television feature I've created called Change! The Subject. In this feature, we're going to motivate you to get beyond stunned inactivity and into personal activity where you can actually do something that will affect the current trajectory of our planet. This won't be a promotion for you to do more recycling or a warning not to litter in the forest. These will be robust ideas that can be implemented in your community. Let's stay close.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org