Can the world get its act together to manage the worst consequences of climate change? So far, the answer is “not really.” Rather than a global agreement, like the symbolic but toothless Kyoto Protocol, we might be better off in looking for practical measures, among collections of like-minded nations. With prime Minister Stephen Harper abandoning meaningful action on climate change, Alberta’s best option might lie in convening action within the Commonwealth, Satya Brata Das suggests in the second in a series of four policy briefs on coping with the climate crisis.
Climate change cannot be stopped. Even if all carbon fuels were banned today, the effects of what has already been consumed will alter the biosphere for centuries. As the world’s oil addiction grows, what can we do to mitigate the worst effects of climate change? In the first of a series of four policy briefs, Satya Brata Das launches a conversation on how Albertans can join with like minded societies to address our common challenge.
Premier Ralph Klein was a singular politician who was far more deliberate in his choices than friends and foes describe.
As Alberta prepares its formal goodbye to the late Premier, here's a remembrance.
Do Albertans really feel entitled to the best of everything, without reckoning we need to fund the cost of all the societal benefits we receive? Until citizens are ready to pay for our needs and wants out of our earnings, we shouldn’t blame politicians for selling off the resources that are our children’s birthright in order to indulge our lifestyle, writes Satya Brata Das.
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The discontent in most of the world's large countries invites a remaking of our societies. Nelson Mandela calls for a new political culture based on human rights, and our mutual responsibility for one another's well being. We Albertans can deliver that change, by moving from charity to dignity as the foundation of our province's social policy.
May 31, 2012
Other Canadians pay for health care, education and other big-ticket items with progressive income taxes. Albertans rely on resource revenue. This singular policy may threaten Confederation unless we find creative ways to demonstrate Alberta’s benefit to the country, argues Satya Brata Das.
May 2, 2012
Our oil sands are criticallyimportant in a world addicted to oil, Satya Brata Das writes in the last of our policy briefs leading to the April 23 Alberta election. Yet we also have a duty of care to the planet, as it adapts to climate change. How will we balance those two realities?
April 18, 2012
Alberta politicians are still focused on the debt and deficits of a bygone age, writes Satya Brata Das. Facing a future of multi-billion dollar surpluses from resource wealth, the real issue is what are we going to do with too much money?
April 11, 2012
Our firm's sounding of Albertans' values yields an overwhelming preference for Politics with Principle, Satya Brata Das writes in the third in a series of briefs leading to Alberta's April 23 election.
March 28, 2012
Public health care is a vital current in our civil society, and it's a big issue in the Alberta election campaign.The second of our special election policy briefs uses the results of our firm's mapping of Albertan values regarding health care, to illuminate a clear path forward.
March 21, 2012