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.

Up Next

House to Investigate Oil Industry’s Efforts to Undermine Climate Science

House to Investigate Oil Industry’s Efforts to Undermine Climate Science

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The House Oversight and Reform Committee has announced an investigation into the fossil fuel industry’s disinformation campaigns on climate change after an undercover video released this summer showed an ExxonMobil lobbyist admitting that the company had fought against climate science. Executives from several big oil companies, the American Petroleum […]

Continue Reading 513 words
Eat Your Greens

Eat Your Greens

The Biden administration has reached out to Congress on everything from a solar power blueprint to an infrastructure plan with tax incentives for clean energy which the President has called an “economic imperative and a national security imperative.” But the GOP has turned their trunk up at all of it — making the GOP refusal of otherwise bipartisan, common-sense measures an […]

Continue Reading 75 words
US and EU Partner for Global Methane Reduction

US and EU Partner for Global Methane Reduction

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer On Friday, the United States and the EU will convene to announce a global agreement to cut methane emissions. This announcement will occur after a virtual, closed-door climate summit in preparation for the COP26 this November. “We are grateful to be working with the European Union and partner countries […]

Continue Reading 346 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Subscribe to the email that top lawmakers, renowned scientists, and thousands of concerned citizens turn to each morning for the latest environmental news and analysis.