The rich and wealthy are reckless consumers – No, it isn’t us who’s saying this. According to a new UN report, the most affluent are at the heart of the climate problem. They are said to produce more carbon emissions as compared to 50% of the poor combined – across the globe. Yes, that’s right!
The shocking statistics were highlighted by a recent report from the UK-based Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behaviour Change. It was compiled by 31 environmental impact experts who were aiming to find ways to scale up actions to tackle carbon emissions.
According to the study, between 1990 and 2015, the wealthiest 5 percent contributed 37 percent of emissions growth, with the top 1 percent contributing the heaviest. Signifying action, the report stated that people across should be deterred from frequent flying and driving SUVs, and the wealthy class should also be mandated to insulate their homes.
It also urged the UK Government to restore air passenger duty on UK return flights and the recently scrapped Green Homes Grant scheme. However, those opposing the report’s findings were of the view that emissions would be better cut by means of technological advances and not unpopular restrictions.
Commenting on it, Conservative Environment Network director Sam Hall said, ‘Policy could make it easier for people and businesses to go green — through incentives, targeted regulation and nudges. But encouraging clean technologies is likely to be more effective, and more likely to enjoy public consent, than hefty penalties or lifestyle restrictions.’
The full report can be referred to on the Rapid Transition Alliance website.