Study shows: the rich pollute the atmosphere twice as much

Carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere have increased by 60% over the past 25 years. At the same time, according to a new study, 1% of the world’s richest people produced twice as much carbon monoxide as the poor. 

10% of the world’s richest inhabitants include citizens with an income of more than 35,000 dollars (2.6 million rubles) per year. The richest 1% is people with an annual income of more than 100,000 dollars (7.6 million rubles).

Oxfam and the Stockholm Environment Institute jointly report that the rise in CO2 emissions was driven by the unbridled consumption of the rich world and its addiction to high-carbon transportation.

Scientists warn that if the process is not stopped, then in the next decade carbon emissions from 10% of the wealthy population will lead to an increase in the average earth’s temperature by 1.5°C and serious damage to all natural systems, even if the rest of the planet’s inhabitants reduce their emissions to zero.

But the cult of consumption is one of the foundations of capitalism. Only by constantly increasing it, even against any reasonable arguments, the bourgeois system can maintain its existence. Therefore, one should not expect that the concerns of scientists (as well as new reports about the growth of “garbage islands” in the ocean) will force capital to reconsider its attitude to ecology.

Only a radical reorganization of the system and a refusal from the constant pursuit of profit and excessive consumption can change the ecological situation for the better, before it is  too late.

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