1Sky: A Pressing Concern


We accept that, by nature, politics is a slow business. We accept that major environmental initiatives take time to set up. (We’d rather they got it right). However, this is unacceptable.

But it’s all change in politics at the moment. Whoever the next president of the United States is, he’s faced with the challenges and opportunities arising from the changing world climate. First, he needs to be truly aware of them. The problem (as Ann Pettifor outlined for the BBC last month) is the lack of a single worldwide pressure group.

Here’s one that’s gathering momentum – 1Sky, created in 2007 and starting to make its mark on key Congressional districts. It’s drumming up support in local councils (which understand the power of carrots) and local businesses, it’s green-positive, and it wears its goals on its sleeve. Impressive stuff.

Let’s hope Congress listens. Because in the debate on climate change, the last thing this planet needs right now…is more hot air.

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Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.