Climate & Poverty - Comparative Advantage of Democracy
Why mixing two 'Noble Goals' makes sense!
London, UK - 5 August 2007, 09:41 GMT
Dear ATCA Colleagues
[Please note that the views presented by individual contributors are not
necessarily representative of the views of ATCA, which is neutral. ATCA conducts
collective Socratic dialogue on global opportunities and threats.]
We are grateful to:
. Ashutosh Sheshabalaya, based in Brussels, EU, and Bassilly, Belgium, for
"Climate and Poverty -- Comparative Advantage of Democracy to Global
. The Lord Howell of Guildford, based at The Palace of Westminster, UK, for
"Climate and Poverty -- Why mixing the two 'Noble Goals' can make
. Elizabeth Marshall, based in Wick, Caithness, UK, for, "Climate
and Poverty -- The Necessity for Working Cross Sectorally;"
. Dr George Feiger, based in Berkeley, California, USA, for "Why
mixing Climate and Poverty does not work;"
. Elizabeth Marshall, based in Wick, Caithness, UK, for "Prioritising
Investment in Pragmatic Climate Solutions;"
. Prof Barbara Harriss-White, based in Oxford, UK, for "Climate
Chaos, Capitalism, Cosmopolitics and Energy Policy Coherence;"
. John Menzies, an Australian national, who operates between Sofia, Bulgaria,
and Vancouver, Canada, for "Climate Chaos or
a Chaotic Climate?;"
. Elizabeth Marshall, based in Wick, Caithness, UK, for "Extreme
Weather's Result: Infrastructure and Harvest Damage plus Rising Food Prices;"
. Aurora Carlson, based on the West Coast, Sweden, for "Climate
Chaos, Potential Human Extinction and Our Thoughts, Intentions & Emotions;"
in response to the ATCA think-pieces: "Extreme
Weather: Flash floods Cause Chaos across Britain; Emergency Services in meltdown;
Claims to cross USD 4 billion" and "Climate
Chaos: UK Extreme Weather Update: Water runs out in flood-hit areas; Power
Supplies Threatened Government Emergency Committee Meets; USD 2 billion+ pa
for Flood Defences."
Ashutosh Sheshabalaya is the author of 'Rising Elephant', which is a heavily-researched
bestseller about India's rise and long-term opportunity and challenge to the
West, published in the US, India and Europe. Described as a "tour de
force" by the Director of UBS bank's Wolfsberg think-tank and as "highly
provocative" by former Indian Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, 'Rising
Elephant' has been reviewed worldwide. He writes:
Dear DK and Colleagues
Re: Climate and Poverty -- Comparative Advantage of Democracy to Global Markets
Dr Feiger is probably correct in implying that mixing two separate battles
-- against climate chaos, and poverty -- need not necessarily work, within
or outside the market.
Lots of caveats there, but I am not a mind reader. However, there is most
certainly a common front in the wider challenge, which encompasses both battles.
I doubt if China's technocratic elites -- determined to build a rich, 'developed'
country in the shortest possible time -- have a real, hard interest in paying
anything more than lip service to such 'soft' priorities. Why should they?
Ashutosh Sheshabalaya has worked in Brussels as an accredited foreign correspondent,
in public affairs (for the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries),
and as a strategic consultant -- both for private corporations as well as
the European Commission, Invest in Sweden Agency and others. In total, he
has led research projects for over 65 studies covering a wide range of industries.
Now heading Belgium-based India-Advisory, he is a frequent speaker at conferences
and seminars in Europe, India and the US, a columnist for the Indian online
news portal Sify and an occasional contributor to Yale University's Center
for Globalisation and Washington's Globalist. A winner of the all-India National
Science Talent Scholarship and the Wien International Scholarship, he studied
at a leading Indian engineering institution, the Birla Institute of Technology
and Science, and at Brandeis University in the US. Mr Sheshabalaya is married
to a Belgian and is part of New and Old India. His parents were both university
Vice Chancellors, and his family includes an Industry Minister in the Nehru
government, a Commissioner in British India and representative of the Tata
industrial group, one of India's first women legislators, senior military
officers, diplomats and seven members of the elite Indian Administrative Service
The Right Honourable Lord (David) Howell of Guildford, President of the British
Institute of Energy Economics, is a former Secretary of State for Energy and
for Transport in the UK Government and an economist and journalist. He writes:
Dear DK and Colleagues
Re: Climate and Poverty -- Why mixing the two 'Noble Goals' can makes sense!
I enjoyed Dr George Feiger's trenchant comments about poverty and climate
chaos, and go well over half way towards agreeing with him.
But the key requirement is to focus on practical and profitable energy, and
energy-saving, technologies and opportunities and to let the lower-carbon
and greener consequences flow from them, rather than muddy the waters with
unworkable global carbon-capping schemes and unachievable targets pompously
agreed at Summits which declare the ends and overlook the means.
The Lord Howell is Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords and
Conservative Spokesman on Foreign Affairs. He also Chairs the Windsor Energy
Group. Until 2002 he was Chairman of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, (the
high level bilateral forum between leading UK and Japanese politicians, industrialists
and academics), which was first set up by Margaret Thatcher and Yasuhiro Nakasone
in 1984. In addition he writes a fortnightly column for The JAPAN TIMES in
Tokyo, and has done so since 1985. He also writes regularly for the International
Herald Tribune. David Howell was the Chairman of the House of Commons Select
Committee on Foreign Affairs, 1987-97. He was Chairman of the House of Lords
European Sub-Committee on Common Foreign and Security Policy from 1999-2000.
In 2001 he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure
(Japan). His latest book, 'Out of the Energy Labyrinth' has been described
as 'a serious and thoughtful attempt to grapple with the complexities of the
energy challenge and foreign policy', by James R Schlesinger, and as 'a terrific
book, not least because of its topicality' by Sir Simon Jenkins.
Elizabeth Marshall is a Fellow of The Energy Institute in London and Member
of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on Energy convened by United Nations Economic Commission
for Europe (UNECE), based in Geneva, Switzerland, since 1992. Elizabeth is
a former director of the British Institute of Energy Economics and a member
of The Windsor Energy Group of which The Lord Howell, a long standing ATCA
contributor, is Chairman. She is based in the extreme North of the United
Kingdom in Wick, Caithness, and is a member of the Institute of Directors
in London and The Reform Club. She writes:
Dear DK and Colleagues
Re: Climate and Poverty -- The Necessity for Working Cross Sectorally
I note with interest Dr Feiger's comments on ATCA. I have no political axe
to grind and have never been a member of any political organisation. I would
beg to differ from Dr Feiger, based on my own direct business experience of
structuring and raising funds for working in cross sector partnerships between
the private, public and voluntary sectors to stimulate economic regeneration
in a fashion which benefits all parties.
The outstanding example I know of where one can see this philosophy put into
action is ASDA's (a division of Wal-mart) programme of waste minimisation,
which is targeting zero waste by 2010 and which not only has been seen to
be wealth creating for the corporation by doing so, but will also take many
people out of poverty by creating many thousands of new jobs in so doing.
We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank
For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency
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