Half the global population – around 3.5 billion people – are responsible for only around 10% of total global emissions attributed to individual consumption yet live overwhelmingly in the countries most vulnerable to climate change.
Climate change is inextricably linked to economic inequality: it is a crisis that is driven by the greenhouse gas emissions of the 'haves' that hits the 'have-nots' the hardest.
During 2015 the media started connecting climate change with the conflict in Syria and subsequent refugee movements across Europe in response to new research making this connection. Other reports mentioned this research while examining other major events.
20 of the 36 highest emitting countries are also among the least vulnerable to the negative impacts of future climate change. At the same time, 11 of the 17 with low or moderate GHG emissions are acutely vulnerable to negative impacts of climate change.
“According to the February 2016 Catastrophe Report from insurance broker Aon Benfield, three nations suffered extreme weather disasters in February 2016 that cost at least 4% of their GDP — roughly the equivalent of what in the U.S.
The Climate Justice meeting on 22 March 2016 heard a presentation by Kiri from Oxfam, and then discussed what we in Winchester can do. The meetng identified ten practical actions we can take:
Kiribati’s president expects the first climate change refugees to abandon the island by 2020. He was speaking at a meeting of Pacific countries, to talk through strategy after the COP21 summit.
On December 10, leaders of different faiths met the French president, François Hollande, to deliver 1,833,973 signatures to a Climate Petition. An impressive amount of faithful demanding Climate Justice!
The Pope is absolutely unequivocal that global warming caused by humanity is a clear and present danger. He demands that fossil fuels be phased out in favour of renewable energy.