The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
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Solón is the executive director of Focus on the Global South, an activist think tank that challenges neoliberalism and corporate-driven globalization and advances just alternatives. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Plurinational State of Bolivia's ambassador to the United Nations, serving as chief negotiator on climate change and spearheading successful efforts toward UN resolutions on harmony with nature and the human right to water. Previously, he was Bolivia's ambassador for trade and integration issues and secretary pro tempore of the Union of South American Nations.
Most poor nations bear little responsibility for climate change but many of them stand to suffer greatly from it. Some rich nations balk at reducing carbon emissions unless others do likewise. How should responsibility for addressing climate change be apportioned?
The author argues that the capitalist paradigm of development can neither mitigate climate change nor address the needs of the world's poor. What's needed instead is redistribution of wealth and an abandonment of the logic of capitalism.
The author argues that the international climate regime must set ambitious targets for emissions reductions; that countries with high historical emissions must not be allowed to wriggle out of their commitments; and that nations must seriously question the need for endless economic growth.