Doomed by Democracy?
Democracy might have to be abandoned to tackle climate change, according to Prof James Lovelock. Are democratic societies incapable of acting for the good of future generations?
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 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.