‘The time to act is now’: Prince Charles calls for green taxes to fight climate emergency

“Prince Charles addressed World Economic Forum in Davos with a plan for a a sustainable future which included green ‘taxes, policies and regulations in a way that catalyses sustainable markets’. Charles said he was fighting for his children and grandchildren, and ended his speech by calling for the private sector to lead the world out of the climate emergency Davos 2020: Prince Charles calls for green taxes to fight climate emergency”

11 thoughts on “‘The time to act is now’: Prince Charles calls for green taxes to fight climate emergency

  1. Regarding the video — the obvious answer is “yes” and “no”. Perhaps the speaker I most agreed with was the moderator, Orit Gadiesh. Mark Rutte was perhaps more optimistic than I am; Noah Harari more pessimistic. Rutte was correct in stating that the EU can no longer depend on the U.S. but it remains to be seen if it is ready to assume the lead. Europe factionalism has historically been its greatest weakness and it certainly continues to display some of those traditional traits.

    Harari correctly identifies artificial intelligence as one of the greatest threats we face but overly emphasizes the biological aspect. AI will essentially achieve human level intelligence within 40 -50 years but it will not be comparable to human intelligence in that it will not share common sense or values. E.g., if given the goal to eliminate disease, would it achieve that goal by eliminating anyone who became ill?

    Given the threats posed be global warming, pandemics, nuclear war, asteroid strikes…, it is essential that viable self-sufficient colonies be established off-planet as soon as possible if our species is to survive.

    1. Thanks very much, Lew, for this prompt reply. I was especially interested in your opinion about how far humankind can go in developing AI. It seems to me that AI with human level intelligence but none of our feelings or values is a huge threat to our survival.
      Also, I would love our species to survive on this earth by caring for this eath in a way that does make survival possible. I imagine humans living off-planet would become a ‘different’ species altogether!

      1. AI definitely is a threat. Possibly the greatest threat we face. It also represents the greatest opportunity and advancement in history. It is difficult to imagine our species’ long-term survival without it. Nature does not care whether the development of advanced intelligent is either carbon or silicon based. We most likely are just a necessary evolutionary step in the development of higher intelligence. That said, I would not be surprised if the resolution of the Fermi Paradox was related to the inevitable catastrophic development of AI by other advanced civilizations.

        Human speciation would most likely not result from habitation elsewhere within our planetary system though it most likely would eventually occur if we expand to other star systems. Some genetic or genetic expression changes might result from prolonged living in different gravitational environments but that would most likely not be sufficient to result in sexual incompatibility.

  2. ” It also represents the greatest opportunity and advancement in history…”
    Sorry, Lew, but this does not look to me like an opportunity or advancement!

    1. All technological development is a two-edged sword able to cut both ways. Fire can keep us warm or burn down our house. Yes, there is an associated threat with AI but we must accept that its development is inevitable. It is a risk we must live with and can mitigate out of concern regarding that threat. It also represents out best opportunity for long-term survival.

      I agree with your concerns for our planet but do not believe we can prevail over our narrow nationalistic concerns except from the perspective of space where it becomes inescapably apparent that there are NO visible demarcations dividing us into separate nations. That all of us are in reality only one people. That this is all one planet and what happens in one location affects all of us.

  3. So far I still hope that we can overcome our ‘narrow nationalistic concerns’. With our so called ‘intelligence’ we should finally become aware that all of us are in reality ‘only one people’ as you rightly say. Look at our young people demonstrating against the inaction of our politicians as regards climate change. Do they not know that we are one people wanting to live on this one planet, our earth? Why not try everything possible to save our planet from becoming uninhabitable? I think it is up to our leaders to support us in our struggles to save the earth for humans to live on.

    1. https://berniesanders.com/en/issues/green-new-deal/

      Bernie Sanders says:

      “The climate crisis is not only the single greatest challenge facing our country; it is also our single greatest opportunity to build a more just and equitable future, but we must act immediately.”

      I think every ten year old should be able to understand what this is all about. Our future depends on it. It is up to all politicians to act on it without delay.”

      Here are the Key Points of this Green New Deal:

      “Transform our energy system to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million jobs needed to solve the climate crisis.
      Ensure a just transition for communities and workers, including fossil fuel workers.
      Ensure justice for frontline communities, especially under-resourced groups, communities of color, Native Americans, people with disabilities, children and the elderly.
      Save American families money with investments in weatherization, public transportation, modern infrastructure and high-speed broadband.
      Commit to reducing emissions throughout the world, including providing $200 billion to the Green Climate Fund, rejoining the Paris Agreement, and reasserting the United States’ leadership in the global fight against climate change.
      Invest in conservation and public lands to heal our soils, forests, and prairie lands.
      End the greed of the fossil fuel industry and hold them accountable.”

      I wonder what these 1% super rich have in mind for their grandchildren. Do they want them to escape to planet x or what?

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