Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Naomi Klein: Why Rich Countries Should Pay Reparations To Poor Countries For The Climate Crisis | Environment | AlterNet

A grassroots movement says that the countries that created the climate crisis should pay for the costs of adapting to a more hostile ecology. The thesis seems to be that developing countries are being victimized by the advanced west. There is a lot of evidence to support that. NAOMI KLEIN: ...the climate crisis as we know was created in the industrialized world. There is a direct correlation between industrialization (what we call development) and carbon emissions. In fact, 75 percent of the historical carbon emissions have been produced by only 20 percent of the world's population. Then we have this cruel geographical irony, which is that the effects of climate change our felt overwhelmingly in the developing world, and the parts of the world that are least responsible for creating the crisis. According to the World Bank, 75-80 of the effects of climate change are being felt in the developing world. So, you have this inverse relationship between cause and effect.

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