The transition toward an effective climate response is needed to achieve the Paris agreement but the share for equal responsibility is what developing nations fear. Adaption before mitigations! How do you see it when it comes to equal responsibility?
This has been a source of contention for many and has slowed down progress towards climate action. While developed nations have undoubtedly had an unfair advantage for decades, this is also the time to come together in unison instead of playing the blame game. So, a win-win deal is a must to make real action happen. It’s fair for developing nations to seek more financial aid and help in R&D from their Western counterparts, but the allocation of that money should also be done swiftly and effectively. I. feel eradicating outdated and corrupt practices as well as shifting mindsets towards environmental protection will be key for India. On the other hand, Western countries should stop funding the fossil-fuel industry and carbon tax the rich who are some of the largest carbon emitters in the world. Ultimately, the future of this planet rests on human psychology - if we are to save this planet, we need to let go of our ego, fear, anger, and greed.
I think it comes down to what Greta Thunberg said: “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth . How dare you!”
- Many developing countries are pretty high on the climate risk index, so instead of this comparison all countries should really be prioritising survival.
- I think the developed vs developing contrast should really be the 1% vs 99%. The 1% in any country are responsible for most of the emissions, but are not held adequately accountable. Polluting giants in a developing country can be absolved of their responsibility in this situation.
- Goes without saying developed countries need to pay for the damage caused, but that should in no way mean the developing countries can slack on climate action
(All thoughts are personal)