Agree entirely with the notion of growth capitalism as a culprit, but would go a little further – namely to say that destructive international competition is the real villain of the piece here. Each nation fears, above all else, the loss of competitive edge in the global market place. It is this fear that prevents action on these most pressing global issues.
The answer lies in Simultaneous Policy. When all (or sufficient) nations agree to act together at the same time, the fear of loss of competitiveness is removed and governemnts can act for real change.
To achieve this a new global consensus must be created. This must be a bottom up consensus driven by ordinary citizens/voters. They must drive their politicians to agree to implement policy simultaneously. But how are they to do this?
Fortunately, an organisation exists for exactly this purpose. Simpol is a growing global organisation, operating in some 70 countries around the world, which offers voters a direct mechanism for driving their politicians in precisely this way. Simpol also works closely with other NGOs to help them to globalise their concerns and feed them into the Simultaneous Policy process.
What Simpol represents is open source democracy and a ‘people’s lobby’ combined to drive forward progress towards a more just, more co-operative world.