Wealthy Nations Must Take Action on Climate Change

Wealthy Nations Must Take Action on Climate Change

**World’s Richest Contribute to Climate Change by Not Limiting their Carbon Emissions**

According to the renowned scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, in order to meet the goal of limiting global warming we have pledged to below two degrees Celsius, people should only produce approximately three tons of CO2 a year until mid-century. However, the reality is that on average, each person in Germany produces between eight and ten tons of CO2 annually. This number is much higher for millionaires who, on average, produce more than 100 tons of CO2 per year, and the super-rich who produce thousands of tons.

The “Climate Change and the Rich” report reveals that many high-income earners are not willing to limit their carbon emission behavior. Individuals can often be seen flying in private jets or driving gas-guzzling cars, regardless of the consequences on our environment.

Schellnhuber suggests the introduction of an individual CO2 cap and private trading of CO2 rights to limit harmful emissions. He explained, “each person should emit three tons of CO2 per year. If you need more, you have to buy it from others who consume less.” However, the German Minister for the Economy and Climate Protection Robert Habeck, from the Alliance 90 / The Greens party, does not agree with this proposal.

Therefore, in order to meet the target of limiting global warming, it is necessary to ensure that responsible emissions from the wealthy are addressed. However, it is clear that this is going to be a difficult goal to achieve if millionaires and super-rich continue to choose not to reduce their personal emissions.

Broadcast times: DW Spanish LU 02.06.2023 – 23:30 UTCMA 02.07.2023 – 01:30 UTCMA 02.07.2023 – 05:15 UTCMA 02.07.2023 – 08:30 UTCMA 02.07.2023 – 10:15 UTCMA 02.07.2023 – 13:15 UTCMA 02.07.2023 – 20:30 UTCMI 02.08.2023 – 06:30 UTCMI 02.08.2023 – 14:30 UTCMI 02.08.2023 – 16:30 UTCMI 02.08.2023 – 19:15 UTCJU 09.02.2023 :30 UTC La Paz UTC -4 | Buenos Aires UTC -3 | Mexico City UTC -6

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