The New York Times Debate: Democratic Leaders Are Better Prepared to Address Climate Change Than Authoritarian Ones.
C.E.O., Climate Change Committee
Co-Founder and C.E.O., Apolitical
Executive Director, Climate Action Network International
International Climate Reporter, The New York Times
Climate Justice and Disability Activist and Member of the Generation Climate Initiative
Founder and C.E.O., Climate Policy Radar
Co-President, Club of Rome
Paul van Zyl
Co-Founder, The Conduit
Founder and Managing Director, Park Vale Capital
Sir David King
Founder and Chair, Centre for Climate Repair, University of Cambridge
Founder and C.E.O., Kite Insights
The lasting inaction of democratic governments, coupled with the refusal of most political candidates to look beyond the next election cycle, causes us to question whether democratic leaders are, in fact, best placed to achieve unified climate action. While citizens’ assemblies demand that democratic governments give more power to the people, authoritarian governments could be holding the keys to the swift and effective action they’re calling for. In this case, one might be forced to ask: Who can get the job done better?
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