ROBERT WRIGHT

Crisis, What Crisis?

More history, less hysteria

Climate Politics 101

In arguing that "climate change means transforming society," U of T prof Matthew J. Hoffman has done Canadians the service of delineating the political trajectory of the green revolution.  He doesn't want to sound like a campus radical, but his prescriptive advice is patently authoritarian. "Consumers"—by whom Hoffman presumably means citizens—cannot "save us from climate change," given "society's failure to internalize climate awareness." So "government and corporations" must do it. Thankfully, for now at least, citizens of advanced democracies still have a say in whether they want their societies "transformed"—a process that requires informed debate, not passivity or acquiescence.