The first prerequisite for protecting the environment is a functioning democracy. In any other system, those with the most money to spend or, in other circumstances, the most thugs to deploy, win the political battles. The further from democracy a nation strays, the greater the opportunities to destroy the world’s living systems, however unpopular that destruction may be. The foremost threat to democratic values in countries like the US and the UK is the freedom with which billionaires and corporations can pay people and parties to represent their views. Protecting the environment, like protecting the welfare of a nation’s poorest and weakest people, requires a sweeping reform of political funding, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Stop this culture of paying politicians for denying climate change | George Monbiot | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Gerd Leonhard comments: totally spot-on. I vote for Larry Lessig’s idea of the Democracy Voucher (and not just in the US).

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