The Week Unwrapped podcast: Green China, shameless states and virtual politics
Will China save us from climate change? Are modern leaders immune to shame? And what can we learn from online party conferences?
Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.
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In this week’s episode, we discuss:
China has shocked observers by committing to go carbon neutral by 2060. But with much of its global influence founded on its economic might, experts have suggested that any move that slows its growth is unlikely to come to fruition. So is the world's largest carbon emitter about to "go green"? Or is it merely a tactical play by Chinese Communist Party?
Modi vs Amnesty
Amnesty International this week announced that it will no longer operate in India following what it calls a “witch-hunt” by authorities. But with NGOs increasingly finding themselves the target of right-wing populists - and Amnesty facing criticism for losing sight of their core values - will India really miss them?
Virtual party politics
This year’s Conservative party conference will take the form of a slightly surreal video game, with delegates encouraged to glide between virtual exhibition spaces. How it works in practice is yet to be seen, but the party’s decision to experiment suggests that we’re all starting to tire of the straightforward video call.