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Sport The richest 1% emit more than the poorest half of the population

15:05  21 september  2020
15:05  21 september  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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The observation is clear. According to a report by Oxfam , the richest 1% in the world emit twice as many greenhouse gases as the poorest half of the population. The NGO calls for "social and climate justice", in particular by including this notion in the economic recovery plans of countries after the coronavirus. The period analyzed extends from 1990 to 2015. A period during which CO2 emissions increased by almost 60% worldwide, with an increase of more than 1 ° C.

According to Oxfam's analysis, "the richest 1% of the population (around 63 million people) alone were responsible for 15% of cumulative emissions", or "twice as much as the poorest half of the world's population ”. And the richest 10% of the world's population (about 630 million people) were responsible for 52% of cumulative CO2 emissions. “Over the past 20-30 years, the climate crisis has worsened and the limited global carbon budget has been squandered in the service of intensifying the consumption of a well-off population, not to lift people out of poverty », Denounces Oxfam.

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"Reduce the CO2 emissions of the richest fringe of society"

And the groups which "suffer the most from this injustice are the least responsible for the climate crisis": the poorest and future generations, continues the NGO, calling on governments around the world to rectify the situation by placing social justice and the fight against the climate at the heart of post-Covid economic recovery plans. "It is clear that the very carbon-emitting and very unequal economic growth model of the last 20-30 years has not benefited the poorest half of humanity," denounced Tim Gore, NGO expert. .

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"It is a fallacious dichotomy to suggest that we must choose between economic growth and the climate", he added. "The Covid-19 pandemic inevitably highlights the need to rebuild better and put the world economy on a fairer, more sustainable and more resilient path", reacted in the report the former secretary general of the UN Ban Ki-moon . “This collective commitment must have as a priority to reduce the CO2 emissions of the richest fringe of society, which pollutes disproportionately. "

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