Climate change is becoming an increasingly important and politicised topic on the global agenda. The third day of the 17th Annual Valdai Club Meeting opened with a session, titled "A Changing Climate: How Environment Will Influence Politics". Summing up its results, Oleg Barabanov, programme director of the Club, writes about the weather in the world today and in the future.
Climate change is becoming an increasingly important and politicised topic on the global agenda. The great challenges associated with the interaction between man and nature have begun to be perceived more and more seriously as a basis for practical action, both on the global and national levels. There is also growing support for such initiatives among the general public in different countries.
If we talk about climate change, which is traditionally the focus of problems associated with the human impact on nature, then, on the one hand, at least according to the mainstream scientific community and public opinion, a consensus has been developed on the anthropogenic nature of global warming and related problems. But further disputes arise regarding the most effective methods of developing a practical global response to climate change. These disputes are often politicised and reflect the opposing approaches of different groups of countries. To a large extent, these discussions reflect a general controversy about the historical responsibility for colonisation (and neo-colonisation), when the present developed countries of the West accumulated their wealth and industrial power through the exploitation of raw materials from the countries and regions of the Third World. Now, in turn, it’s claimed that they limit the right to development for developing countries.