Climate Justice… Or Not?
Who is responsible?
The richest 1% creates double the carbon dioxide
emissions as the entire poorer half of the world
Key factors are driving
and flying frequently
Responsible for far fewer CO2
emissions yet far more exposed
to climate change impact
Whose interests are represented?
At the 2021 COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, 503 fossil fuel industry reps
participated. That’s more than the combined total of delegates from eight
countries worst affected by climate change in the last two decades.
Fossil fuel reps
503 reps from 100 fossil fuel
companies, trade associations
and membership organizations
Eight national delegations
Fewer than 503 reps from Haiti,
Puerto Rico, Myanmar, Philippines,
Mozambique, Bahamas, Pakistan
and Bangladesh – combined
“Can there be peace and prosperity if one-third of the world – literally – prospers
and two-thirds live under siege and face calamitous threats to our wellbeing?”
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, speaking at COP26 in November 2021
Funding for war or renewables?
In 2020, global military expenditure was four times more
than spending on the transition to a low-carbon economy.
And military emissions of greenhouse gases (6% of
the total) are not mandatory in climate agreements.
Nuclear weapons or climate?
Similarly, national budgets often favor weaponry
over the environment. For example, the US plans
to spend over three times more on nuclear
weapons than on climate change in 2022.
About that $100 billion…
In 2009, wealthy countries pledged to come up with $100 billion annually to
support poorer nations handle climate change mitigation and adaptation.
That target has been missed by at least 20%. Consequences?
“Protecting countries from climate disaster is not charity. It is solidarity and enlightened
self-interest. … Success or failure is not an act of nature. It’s in our hands.”
UN SG António Guterres, speaking at COP26 in November 2021
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