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Who does Climate injustice affect?

Here you can find a comparison of interesting case studies of communities all around the world as well as here in Scotland affected by climate change:

  • Vanishing islands 

From small island states in Pacific such as Philippines, Maldives, Tuvalu or Kiribati threatened by salt water erosion to whole coastal countries like Bangladesh annually suffering from immense floods in a quarter of its area, all are affected by rising sea level. These will have long-terms repercussion not only for the countries concerned but also for the international community alike – with their homelands destroyed by seawater – or – underwater altogether – other countries would have to deal with the influx of climate refugees. According to last predictions, vulnerable island nations may need to be evacuated within a decade.

However, we do not have to go that far in time or space to see climate change effects. Right here and now in Scotland we can witness similar catastrophe happening.

Read more about climate refugees and other climate justice related issues here.

  • Carbon trading

In order to control the amounts of carbon produced worldwide, the UN has designed a carbon trading mechanism under Kyoto protocol in 1997 setting as a main goal to reduce emissions. This enables one country to produce more carbon emissions under the condition that it will buy a permit for it from a country that under-producing carbon during a concerned year.

However, as everything what can be misused for personal or corporate profit – is misused, also carbon trading despite good aims does worse to all communities concerned.

An eye-opening documentary film of Carbon trade watch shows two communities – one in Brazil the other here in Scotland affected by carbon trading.

In Brazil, a big company makes money on ‘selling oxygen’ by planting immense number of eucalyptus – thus drying off underwater leaving community with dried infertile soils as well as little or no water during the year. In Scotland, a town has been polluted by oil and chemical companies producing noise, smell and dangerous amount of pollution and toxics in the environment turning a dog green and decreasing life-expectancy of the people living nearby.

Read more about Kyoto Protocol and carbon trading and find more info about the documentary of Carbon trade watch.

Fell free to contact us if you want to borrow a copy.

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