global warming 

From a guardian article about the leaked section of an upcoming IPCC report:

"The top 10% of emitters globally, who are the wealthiest 10%, contribute between 36 and 45% of emissions, which is 10 times as much as the poorest 10%, who are responsible for only about three to 5%, the report finds. “The consumption patterns of higher income consumers are associated with large carbon footprints. Top emitters dominate emissions in key sectors, for example the top 1% account for 50% of emissions from aviation,” the summary says."

We've said this before but we'll say it again:

If you talk about how "we" are "destroying the planet" or how "humanity" is responsible for global warming, you are effectively covering up the fact that *specific* people have taken *specific* actions to create this situation.

Those people are overwhelmingly white & overwhelmingly wealthy.

To act like it's "everyone's" responsibility is effectively victim blaming.


global warming cont. 

It's equally important to note that those outside the global elite live in a world largely *designed* by this elite. So when someone in "the middle" takes an international flight to visit family, for example, no, they do not share equal responsibility with everyone else who got on a plane that day.

A transnational capitalist flying on business, a european homeowner flying on vacation, & an immigrant worker being deported might each take up one seat, but their roles in creating the *world* in which people travel by plane or any other means are enormously different.

Both complicity & resistance can happen at all levels of society but when a lot of white progressives & people who think like white progressives talk about this shit they are very quick to re-impose white universalism when that viewpoint is largely responsible for the plethora of genocides & ecocides we're currently in the middle of.

For context:

"According to the 2018 Global Wealth Report from Credit Suisse Research Institute...

A net worth of $93,170 U.S. is enough to make you richer than 90 percent of people around the world... The institute defines net worth, or 'wealth,' as 'the value of financial assets plus real assets (principally housing) owned by households, minus their debts...

If you have just $4,210 to your name, you're still richer than half of the world's residents."

These are pre-pandemic numbers so if anything we would guess these numbers have actually decreased (meaning it takes even less for someone to be relatively wealthy on a global scale).

$ 93,170 U.S. =
€ 78.954,26
¥ 603.499,36
CFA 52.009.664,86
B$ 488.294,65
Rs 6.910.116,10

$4,210 U.S. =
€ 3.567,97
¥ 27.269,85
CFA 2.350.120,09
B$ 22.056,61
Rs 312.242,02

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