Obama warns of the impact of nationalism

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

Earlier today, President Barack Obama told the COP26 summit in Glasgow, that the “rise of nationalism and tribal impulses around the world,” has been damaging to the global response to climate change.


He also encouraged campaigners to take time to understand those with opposing views to themselves.


Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:


“Obama is right to highlight the scourge of nationalism on sensible, progressive politics.


“When important political decisions are made through the limited lens of nationalism, then we miss out on crucial opportunities for people, parties and countries to work together.


“Obama also focussed today on the importance of listening to those who we disagree with.


“We must take time to understand each other if we are to find solutions to problems as local as refuse collection to the biggest of all, climate change.


“We are weaker when we are ruled by politics focussed on nationalism and division; we are stronger when we work together for a better future.”


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