Governments might legitimately exercise emergency powers in wartime so, argues Prof James Lovelock, they should have similar powers to deal with the threat of global warming – even if that means abandoning democracy.

The choice is between democracy and the survival of the human species” (skip to 26:25)

Democracy and Climate Change

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The BBC’s “Ethical Man” Justin Rowlatt looks at whether Prof Lovelock is right to be so pessimistic about democratic societies’ ability to act in the interests of future generations.

Broadcast on: BBC Radio 4, 8:30pm Monday 24th May 2010
Duration: 28 minutes
Available until: 12:00am Thursday 1st January 2099

Democracy and the Survival of the Human Species!