The rich and climate change

Now we live in an upside-down world in terms of a lot of things, where carbon emission is more than ever imagined. According to recent research, the wealthiest 1% of the world’s population was responsible for carbon emission that accounts for more than twice as much carbon emission as the inferior half of the world from 1990 to 2015. The speed is increasing rapidly, where we never know what is going to happen next. Steps were taken, rules made, trees are getting planted, but there is no change as it has been pushed way ahead to its boundaries. There is no reset button to all of this, there is no going back, the future looks bleak if there is one left for nature.

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There is a parallel fault on both sides of the lower and higher class of people; we ignore all the side effects and still try to look like nothing happened. But, deep down, we all know how things are; or how much climate change is real. Our question can be, Who is really to blame for climate change? The process of solving the problem is overshadowed by accusing each other. At the same time, to walk together with a solution to control, it’s important to know the cause and reduce that if not stop. For example, many people worldwide lack access to an even, clean electricity supply and instead use high-emission diesel generators to generate electricity. You can designate these emissions to the people using the generators, but it is hard to say that we are to charge them.

Our biggest shared challenge is climate change in our today’s life. If it seems overwhelming, it’s in part because we, as individuals, can’t stop it. Even if we’re perfect green consumers — denying to fly, reusing shopping bags, going vegan — we’re ambushed in a system that makes it impossible to stop adding to the problem. Living needs eating, getting to work, and staying heated enough in winter and cold enough in summer to work and sleep. For now, it’s impossible to do these things in most places without releasing carbon. We can always add up to the list so much more, but making things possible isn’t in the individuals’ hands but for everyone’s.

But as we move forward in a capitalistic environment, where the earth isn’t what matters but the money the 1% of the rich make in comparison to the cost we pay. Global policymakers must come together and decide things that aren’t just in favor of the capitalists. Yes, we require the money, the comfort, the products, but we forget that often it’s all of just a few and the rest just sit in vain, with empty stomachs shivering cold, while the rich slide into the comfort of the quilt in a mansion filled with food to serve an entire village.

Contributed by Akash Verma content writer at Mitti Ke Rang

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