ECOLOGICAL DEBT, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & CLIMATE CHANGE
The Stockholm Environment Institute has recently issued a report that examines four detailed studies of countries’ mitigation pledges under the Cancun Agreements, for the purpose of comparing developed (Annex 1) country pledges to developing (non-Annex 1) country pledges.
Robust mandates already exist to conclude negotiations covering 100% of global emissions. In Bali, in 2007, the world agreed to a negotiating roadmap that consisted of three essential pillars: a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol for developed countries; a compromise for the United States; as well as developing country action backed by finance, technology and capacity building.
It’s a planetary and humanitarian emergency… The world is already reeling from major humanitarian emergencies exacerbated by climate change: floods in Thailand and Pakistan, landslides from extreme rains in many Latin American countries, and the multi-year drought in the Horn of Africa that threatens the lives of millions.
Climate change is a grave and urgent threat to life on earth on a global scale. The challenge is great, but greater still for countries of the South and the majority of the peoples of the South who stand to bear the brunt of its most harmful consequences because of accumulated economic and social vulnerabilities throughout history till the present.