Climate change debates normally revolve around the financial interests of the industrialized nations. Sense of global justice and well being of poor nations whose contribution to greenhouse gas emission has been minimal are not reflected in the decisions taken at the international climate change meetings.
This is the price you have to pay when you live in a neighborhood and people are not mindful of their actions and don’t care if they are harming you. Your life becomes more difficult if your voice doesn’t matter to them and you lack options and resources to protect yourself.
Nothing new, I hear you say. And I agree with you.
Effects of Climatic Mess-up will be Harsh on Poor People
“The impacts of climate change are not evenly distributed – the poorest countries and people will suffer earliest and most” (UK Treasury: 2006)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeIPCC (2007) notes: “Climate change impacts will be differently distributed among different regions, generations, age classes, income group, occupations and genders. The impacts of climate change will fall disproportionately upon developing countries and the poor persons within all countries, and thereby exacerbate inequities in health status and access to adequate food, clean water, and other resources.”
People in the poor countries have a lifestyle that is intimately connected to agriculture and natural resources. Predictability of annual seasons and rains had been a major source of security and insurance for their survival. However, the record high concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, wasteful exploitation of natural resources, preference for industrialization of economies has relegated, and forest degradations and loss of biodiversity all over the planet has drastically damaged the cycle of annual seasonal variation. Now climatic conditions are becoming more and more unpredictable and the frequencies of severe events like floods, droughts, landslides, etc has suddenly increased. What used to be a once-in-hundred-year event has now become once-in-twenty-year event.