With just a month to go to the 2019 United Nations climate talks, protests over economic inequality and high living costs have forced Chile to withdraw as host country. If governments want to fight climate change and avoid social unrest, tackling inequality must be part of the equation, say observers.
Tony Walker –
Global unrest might just escalate next year as the global economy slows down and governments fail to tackle the root causes of discontent that have swept societies into mass protests against inequality and climate inaction.
Angela Valenzuela and Luisa Naubauer Greta Thunberg –
After more than a year of grim scientific projections and growing activism, world leaders and the public alike are increasingly recognising the severity and urgency of the climate crisis. And yet nothing has been done.
Graciela Chichilnisky and Peter Bal –
The only realistic solution to the climate crisis is to replace fossil-fuel-based energy with renewables quickly and cost-effectively enough to keep the engines of economic growth running. A global carbon market would do just that.
Born of antiquated patriarchal traditions and sustained by ignorance, poverty, and socioeconomic inequality, child marriage remains widespread. Not only is that a gross violation of girls' human rights; it also rules out achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals.
For Pacific islanders, who are on the frontlines of a climate crisis to which they have barely contributed, the persistently selfish and short-sighted approach of the world's major emitters has gone from disappointing to frustrating to infuriating. Betting on geoengineering would only make matters worse.
The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals imply that there is no longer any need to reduce global population growth, even though it is a serious problem that undermines most of the SDG targets. By adding a further SDG aimed at slowing the increase in population, the world could yet save the UN’s 2030 Agenda.
Hannah Alcoseba Fernandez –
Nine months after she was appointed to lead Malaysia's environment ministry, Yeo Bee Yin spoke to Eco-Business about gender equality, plastic pollution and boosting the country's green industry.