Climate Change Raises Stakes Of Economic Inequality
It’s telling that the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change provides advice on how to cope with the impact of climate change, rather than talking about how to prevent climate change. Global climate change is here, and it’s been causing serious problems for years now. Thanks to a generation of politicians who pretended there wasn’t any problem, it’s now too late for prevention of crisis.
There are only two things we can do now: 1) Scale back our pollution of the planet to keep the crisis from getting any worse 2) Develop methods to make the harmful impact of climate change less damaging to our civilization.
One of the most unjust impacts detailed in the new report is that human-caused climate change has made the consequences of income inequality even more grave than before. Take the word “grave” literally. The question is who will die.
The report notes that one of the major impacts of climate change has been and will continue to be extreme weather events. The report also points out that over 95% of deaths from natural disasters have taken place in “developing countries” – the poorer nations of the earth. That means that it’s likely that less than 5 percent of the deaths due to climate change will take place in wealthy nations.
Climate change is no Robin Hood.