Gosh! This guy is intent on sorting out all kinds of global woes since leaving Downing Street.
As oxymoronic as it seems, he is a peace envoy for the Middle East. And soon he is going to teach Yale students a thing or two about Faith and Globalisation which will complement the launch of his Tony Blair Faith Foundation later this year (the link to the TBFF is a bit empty as yet - well he is busy trying to save the world).
Anyway, now he’s tackling climate change with renewed zest. I remember how passionate he was about the environment when he first became Prime Minister but he soon found out (or we did!) that it’s not so easy making unpopular decisions and keeping corporate lobbyists such as the CBI sweet too. Yes, he was once ever-so-eager to tackle climate change but then he went a did a U-turn on nuclear power and agreed to a Trident replacement. And the Stern report, he declared, was the most important government document on the future ever produced but unfortunately, the urgent action he said was needed never matched up to his rhetoric.
Now out of goverment, he says that the world needs a new global deal and that substantial cuts in emissions should be at the heart of that deal. He is in Tokyo for a week of talks as part of the Breaking the Climate Deadlock initiative and is going to propose a 50% cut in emissions by 2050.
His speech can be read and heard here. It all does sound very inspiring but rhetoric usually does. I’m sure there’s nothing remotely self-serving about his Tokyo tour and I’m expecting a major breakthrough . . .