The carbon footprints of the richest 1 per cent of people on Earth are set to be 30 times greater than the level compatible with the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement in 2030, according to new research.
A fair share analysis finds current pledges from wealthy countries fall much further below the mark than previously understood, demonstrating the need for international climate action on fossil fuel production.
A climate debt is owed. It is owed by the richest countries, whose carbon emissions—through centuries of industrialisation made possible by colonial extraction—have been the principal cause of the climate crisis.
It is possible to satisfy humanity’s universal needs - and keep the world liveable - if we focus on sufficiency and guarantee everyone a fair share of planetary resources, writes Stan Cox for Yes! magazine.