Populism and Nationalism: What Does It Mean For The Climate Agenda?

Sustainability - Thomson Reuters

A wave of populism and nationalism is currently re-shaping political landscapes on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world. The political will that has sustained an open and rule-based global economy is fracturing in a number of important countries, and the systems that were created after WWII to promote trade and investment based on non-discrimination are being hollowed out. Already regional and bi-lateral agreements are trumping multilateral approaches and trade distortions are on the rise. Nations are turning inward and building walls. What does this mean for the climate agenda?