Political Climate is a blog about the politics of climate change and climate policies. It starts from the view that both the climate science-led environmentalist movement and the definition and diagnosis of climate change as an economic problem have failed (most spectacularly in Copenhagen in 2009), and that tackling climate change is fundamentally a political problem. It takes a broad view that innovation must take a more central place in our response to climate change, shaped by governments and partly paid for with combination of public borrowing. It also makes connections between tackling climate change and reducing inequality, with the view that the first will be easier if we do the second. The aim of Political Climate is to contribute to a more politically realistic climate policy debate.
Started in 2010 by Matthew Lockwood and Andrew Pendleton, Political Climate is now run by Matthew, who writes on the blog in a personal capacity. His day job is working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Energy Policy Unit at the University of Exeter. From 2006 to 2011 he was at the Institute for Public Policy Research, and before that was an adviser to the previous Deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron and worked at the London Climate Change Agency. He has also worked in senior policy and research positions at several international development organisations, for the UK Government, and as a consultant. Matthew is author of The State They’re In which was described by Oxfam’s Duncan Green as ‘essential reading for anyone interested in Africa’s future.’