What is climate justice without social justice? Rich countries are mainly responsible for climate change, yet climate change is disproportionately affecting the world’s poorest.
In a world where climate change wreaks havoc disproportionately, it’s time to address the glaring disparities head-on. Consider this: every year, the average American emits a staggering 16 tons of carbon dioxide – eight times more than an average Indian, and nearly 50 times more than an average Kenyan. Yet, the brunt of climate change is borne by those least responsible. Developing nations account for a staggering 91% of climate disaster-related deaths since 1970.
This injustice is intensifying as the planet heats up, with climate disasters occurring 4-5 times more frequently and causing 7 times more damage than five decades ago. The roots of this inequality trace back to colonialism and the Industrial Revolution, which propelled some to opulence while subjugating others to poverty. The scars of history still mar the environment, like deforestation in the Indian Himalayas or vulnerable Caribbean plantations.
Intersectionality reveals that the repercussions of climate change don’t adhere to neat boundaries. Vulnerabilities intertwine along lines of race, gender, and class. An inclusive climate movement recognizes this complexity. The fight for climate justice demands collaboration across diverse perspectives, especially from those on the frontlines, like rural women in India and Pakistan, or marginalized communities in the United States.
While the climate movement gains momentum, we confront hard truths. Overconsumption and overemission in affluent countries fuel the crisis. Degrowth emerges as a solution, urging equitable resource allocation. However, this transition must shield livelihoods and provide opportunities, retraining workers for a greener world.
Your role matters. Empower grassroots projects, amplify underrepresented voices, and support climate adaptation initiatives. Join the Global Landscapes Forum’s GLFx initiative, where sustainable landscapes are nurtured, and resilient communities take root. Climate justice is a collective endeavor. Share your vision in the comments and, together, let’s pave the way for a fairer, sustainable future. Don’t forget to like and subscribe – our journey continues.
Join or start your own GLFx chapter here.
Landscape TV is the digital news channel of the Global Landscapes Forum