The climate crisis is a threat to us all, but we do not all face it equally. Climate change is already estimated to cause upwards of 150,000 deaths annually. In 2019, 24.9 million people were globally displaced due to natural disasters and extreme weather events. When we talk of climate chaos, we must recognise that for so many people this isn’t a far off future possibility. People – predominantly marginalised communities in the global south – are already losing their lives and livelihoods due to climate disaster.
We are also not all equally responsible. The world’s richest 1% cause double the CO2 emissions of the poorest 50%. And just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. Despite this, rich countries, including the UK, have continually failed to do their fair share to reduce emissions or address the inequalities that make communities vulnerable to climate violence.
Any outcomes of COP26, including new national contribution commitments, must work to redress this, and centre climate justice – a term glaringly absent from the Government’s current four priorities for the UN talks. We must use the UN talks to demand a just approach to decarbonisation – to ensure those least responsible for this crisis are no longer made to pay the price.
In our next Hallam Citizens’ Climate Manifesto event on Monday 12th July at 5.30-7pm we will discuss what we can do locally to ensure international climate justice is embedded both in our movement and in the outcomes of COP26.
We will be joined by two exciting speakers:
- BRAC, an NGO based in Bangladesh, who provide communities at the forefront of the climate crisis with tools and knowledge to adapt and respond to the impacts of climate change.
- Asad Rehman, Executive Director of War on Want, who campaign for climate justice and for a Global Green New Deal, by holding UK-based companies to account and advocating for bold responses to the ecological crisis.