- Damian Fuller
Sustainable Energy and Social Performance Facilitator (Timor-Les, Good Return
What kind of commitment device could we construct for present society to effect change and prevent global warming for our future society?
Daniel Goldstein and his colleague (probably at Allianz) develop what he calls commitment devices to assist older folk understand the dilemma they face with their personal savings.
I like the idea (Despite the irritating references to Allianz) and would like to see it applied to less commercial dilemmas involving present v's future selves, particular the collective self of society.
What kind of commitment device could we construct to assist the present society prevent global warming and avoid leaving our future society with a calamitous and possibly disastrous situation to deal with, not to mention costly?
The Kyoto protocol whilst an achievement towards global consolidation and acceptance of the issue has failed to place enough pressure on governments to achieve their commitments. A social movement within each country, particularly developed countries where education is high and society should know better could provide the local impetus governments need.
Such a social movement could be triggered by a society wide commitment device that evolves the tired climate change debate into one that unites society rather than splits it. What do you think this commitment device would look like and how would it galvanise society into action?