The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Payet is the Seychelles' minister for environment and energy, prochancellor of the University of Seychelles, and an adjunct professor at Sweden's Linnaeus University. He has served as a special advisor to the president of the Seychelles on issues including climate change, energy, sustainable development, and biodiversity. He is a founding member or trustee of the Global Island Partnership, the Sea Level Rise Foundation, the Island Conservation Society, and the Seychelles Centre for Marine Research and Technology. In 2007, he shared in the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In 2006 he received a doctorate in environmental science from Linnaeus University.
The author argues that negotiations alone will not solve the world’s climate problems. Rather, a shift in attitude is necessary whereby zero-sum approaches to climate negotiations are replaced by a spirit of cooperation.
Most poor nations bear little responsibility for climate change but many of them stand to suffer greatly from it. Some rich nations balk at reducing carbon emissions unless others do likewise. How should responsibility for addressing climate change be apportioned?
The author writes that building a low-carbon world is feasible, but it requires most of all a strong commitment from the biggest emitters. Meanwhile, countries of all descriptions must cooperate in areas like carbon trading and energy efficiency.