It’s time to go beyond Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion. Anatol Lieven joins us to makes the provocative case for a nationalist solution to climate change.
The climate emergency requires drastic action both by our leaders and ourselves. But while the loudest champions of environmental action are inspired by the idealism of the internationalist left, the building blocks for change can only be carried by the institutions of effective nation states.
So argues Georgetown University Professor and former Times correspondent Anatol Lieven. Drawing on the examples of the world wars and the creation of social welfare programmes, Anatol is here to make a compelling argument for progressive nationalism.
Only nation states can rebuild social solidarity and inspire the sacrifices necessary to limit climate change; only nation states can implement the ‘Green New Deal’ we need to deliver clean energy; and only nation states can strengthen societies to face the ecological and political upheaval to come.
Critically, Anatol will argue that we need to engage with essential players often excluded from the debate on the left – the military, business, and industrial powers like Russia, China and India – if we are to have a hope of succeeding in this existential challenge for our planet and our species.
Fans of David Wallace-Wells and Jonathan Safran Foer ought not to miss this chance to hear from one of the boldest and most provocative voices in the climate debate today.