According to François Gemenne, of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations in Paris, this could lead to the creation of “ghost states” whose governments-in-exile would rule over scattered citizens and land lost to rising seas.
Small island states such as Tuvalu and the Maldives are already threatened by inundation. “What would happen if a state was to physically disappear but people want to keep their nationalities?” he asked. “It could continue as a virtual state even though it is a rock under the ocean.”
How do we fix this certain ecological apocalypse? The answer is simple, according to one scientist. Professor Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research says that developed nations must cease all economic growth for 20 years, while allowing so-called “developing” nations to keep growing. (Is that all it takes? Gee, that sounds so easy.)
This would mean a drastic change in lifestyles for many people in countries like Britain as everyone will have to buy less ‘carbon intensive’ goods and services such as long haul flights and fuel hungry cars.
Prof. Anderson admitted it “would not be easy” to persuade people to reduce their consumption of goods…
Prof. Anderson insisted that halting growth in the rich world does not necessarily mean a recession or a worse lifestyle, it just means making adjustments in everyday life such as using public transport and wearing a sweater rather than turning on the heating.
“I am not saying we have to go back to living in caves,” he said. “Our emissions were a lot less ten years ago and we got by ok then.”
Now, before you go and dismiss that solution as too simplistic and wonder how we could get everybody on the same page in terms of saving the planet, Anderson has it all figured out. Naturally, all we have to do is let government ration everything for us.