Reflexive Realism is what’s missing from the climate debate

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Jonathan Rowson is an “applied philosopher,” grandmaster chess player, and author of the forthcoming book  Seven Dimensions of Climate Change:  rethinking the world’s toughest problem, who writes about speaking at the recent forum in London organized by Shell. The title of the conference was “Collaborating for a Successful Low-Carbon Society.”  

Following the forum, he “hung out” with Shell executives and “learned a great deal,” which he shares in his blog InsideOut and which was reposted by the Garrison Institute on July 20. Rowson sees the broad consensus on climate change moving first from “facts” to “direction,” and now is mostly about “speed,” or the timing and scale of the transition to an energy system which allows us to keep the “quality and viability of our habitat.”  

He says he realized that the union of ethics and commerce will not be enough to solve the impasse we find ourselves in. He makes a good case for the need for “reflexive realism”  in climate negotiations.





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1 Response to Reflexive Realism is what’s missing from the climate debate

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