What does climate change mean for democracy ? According to many commentators, climate change is giving democracy a serious thrashing. For former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, global warming is "the biggest failure of democratic governance in history" (Gore 2009 : 303). Famed British scientist James Lovelock suggests that climate change may require that we "put democracy on hold for a while" (Hickman 2010). And philosopher Philip Kitcher calls the failure of climate policy "a huge failure of worldwide democracy" (Kitcher 2011, 243). For many today, democracy is an inappropriate and ineffective political system for responding to climate change (Shearman and Smith 2007).
Les sociétés à l’épreuve du changement climatique