Will Wealthy Climate Change Culprits See The Light?

Cartoon by Alex Bowman for Our Daily Planet

This week a new study from Oxfam revealed that the world’s richest one percent cause more than double the CO2 emissions of the poorest 50%. Experts believe that if the people who make up the richest 10%* continue to consume at this rate for the next 10 years, climate change could surpass the critical 1.5 degrees Celsius global average temperature, which could lead to a cascade of negative impacts — floods, wildfires, drought, extreme heat, and poverty across the globe.

We know how and why wealthy people utilize so much more energy, and their staggeringly disproportionate consumption of resources has been very well documented in previous studies. There’s also a wealth (pun intended) of ideas about how they can take meaningful action to combat climate change. The question is, will they join the global fight to act on climate change in earnest?

Until that time, the fat cat cartoons just draw themselves. (Actually, our super talented cartoonist Alex Bowman draws them, but you get the idea).

*You don’t have to be Jeff Bezos status to be considered in the top 10%, it’s a reminder that everyone with privilege should be pushing for a clean energy economy with their vote: at the ballot box and in the marketplace.

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