Lessons from history

Lessons from history

anti-slaveryI was sitting in a tent in the peak district a couple of weekends ago listening to a history lecture. What relevance does this have to those interested in climate in Camden?

The discussion was focused on what made that campaign a success and whether those lessons could be applied to modern day campaigning. It’s not easy to summarise in a few short lines – was it the influence of ‘great men’ or was Southern resistance written out of history? Did it start with some CSR notion of Hull that wanted to get some competitive advantage over its rival city of Liverpool? What campaigns were deprioritised to ensure that this campaign was won? And was compensating slave owners rather than the slaves themselves the right approach?

The one big lesson I took was that the movement to abolish the slave trade was exactly that, a movement, and it was only by bringing a diverse group of people together that change was made to happen. That’s exactly what we need right now to combat climate change.