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The Case for Ecological Realism

A child holds a placard during a protest against climate change consequences in Bangkok, Thailand on November 29, 2019.
A child holds a placard during a protest against climate change consequences in Bangkok, Thailand on November 29, 2019. Chalinee Thirasupa/Reuters

The global environmental crisis has exposed the limitations of traditional political realism. It is time to embrace ecological realism. 

July 20, 2020

A child holds a placard during a protest against climate change consequences in Bangkok, Thailand on November 29, 2019.
A child holds a placard during a protest against climate change consequences in Bangkok, Thailand on November 29, 2019. Chalinee Thirasupa/Reuters
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In my weekly column for World Politics Review, I argue it is time to embrace a new approach to world politics that deals with what may be humanity’s gravest existential challenge: preserving the integrity and resilience of the biosphere.

The global environmental crisis, encompassing runaway climate changecollapsing biodiversity and the slow death of the world’s oceans, has exposed the limitations of traditional political realism as a guide to statecraft in the 21st century. The time has come for the nations of the world to embrace a new approach to world politics that treats the preservation of the biosphere as a core national interest and a central objective of national security policy. Call this new mindset ecological realism.

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Read the full World Politics Review article here.

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Global Governance

Political History and Theory

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