National Egoism vs. Planetary Responsibility

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Aug 30, 2021 | Project Syndicate, Joschka Fischer

The climate crisis will drive international politics, forcing a realignment away from traditional geopolitics toward a new dispensation of joint planetary responsibility suggests Joschka Fischer in his paper for Project Syndicate. The central conundrum of the climate crisis is the reliance on a global system based on the egoism of nation-states. He reasons that the notion of global responsibility to provide a basis for common survival is alien to such a system and that coming to grips with this dilemma will be the great challenge of the twenty-first century. Today’s great powers must advance towards embracing planetary responsibility, and to succeed they must take these steps together.


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