One reason why I hope to take part in an up and coming conference on climate change (Microsoft Teams permitting) is to learn more about what 'decolonising' might mean in that context. My best guess at present would be giving communities or states in the global South responsibility for deciding on projects in such fields as green energy, sea defences, forestry, and so forth with contributions from the global North. Everyone stands to gain from preparing all this, and preparing for handling migration resulting from climate change.

The raft of issues around 'culture wars' (including decolonisation) is one of many areas where I feel out of sync with each of the protagonists. I confess I don't care as much as Douglas Murray and his ilk about having things in our past to be proud of. Yet if attempts to teach an inclusive and diverse history morph into making kids feel guilty (I maintain 'ashamed' is the correct term here) about their ancestors I feel something has gone badly wrong. Even more if we dismiss Enlightenment philosophers over their lingering racial prejudices when, as in the cases of Hume and Kant for instance, all the main themes of their philosophies challenge taking anything for granted or treating other people as not worthy of consideration. A spectacular case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

There is a reason why I am more hopeful about climate change in regard to the culture wars. Any action on climate change has to address the future if it's to make any sense at all. Like Artificial Intelligence climate change forces us to focus on the future even while learning from the past.

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