Friday, June 7, 2013

Climate Justice: Easing the unjust cause and effect of global warming

Catherine Dominguez in Eco Seed:  Climate change is a phenomenon that most people may not take seriously, but it is a significant peril to the global sustainable development and the fight against poverty.

Science suggests that global warming is caused by human activities, particularly the industrialization of the world’s richest countries. Major impacts are being observed and felt over the past years, and it is the poor countries that suffer most from these impacts, aggravating their precarious situations.

“The people that are most responsible for carbon emissions, those in developed and wealthiest countries are not the ones paying for the most brutal price. The people of Mindanao, the people of Africa, the people of Latin America, who are least responsible for carbon emissions are paying for the price of climate change,” said Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director, during the launch of the photo exhibit entitled Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions in Southeast Asia, last Monday in Manila.

According to the United Nations, it is a global justice concern that those who suffer most from climate change have done the least to cause it.

Given that the historical responsibility for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions lies with the developed nations like the United States and the European countries, they are compelled to take action and to do so more quickly to mitigate their large contribution to the problem of climate change and to move toward a low carbon economy....

"Inequality" image by Frachet, Wikimedia Commons,  under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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