Survival of the richest
The poorest half of the world’s population is responsible for only 10% of global carbon emissions, but, developing countries that are home to these people will be exposed to 75% of the costs associated with climate change.
In his 13-page report to the UN Human rights council, special rapporteur* (ra-puh-chuh) Philip Alston points out that – “Human rights might not survive the coming upheaval”. He openly criticises economies & leaders (like Trump) for breaking every scientific limit set and includes the UN in his criticism (for lack of effort).
“A rapporteur is a person who is appointed by an organisation to report on the proceedings of its meetings.”
Alston predicts that with growing inequality, all our discussions and debates over basic human rights and democratic values will go down the drain. We will live in a divided world where – “the wealthy pay to escape overheating, hunger & conflict while the rest of the people suffer”.
Our Thoughts: 🧠
While it is a depressing prediction, it is the way our world functions. Fictional movies like Matt Damon’s ‘Elysium’ & Woody Harrelson’s ‘2012’ have already portrayed this scenario quite accurately and the future of humanity may be the same (more or less).