The wealthiest 8% emit 50% of all emissions. The 3 billion poorest people emit essentially nothing.

The globally wealthy must solve the crisis as there is absolutely no other way.

“He who is richer is not who has more, but who needs less.” – Zapotec saying, Oaxaca, Mexico

This is especially appalling considering that globally, the wealthiest 8% emit 50% of all emissions and the 3 billion poorest people emit essentially nothing (Professor Stephen Pacala of Princeton University). Simply stated, the development of the desperately poor is not in conflict with solving the climate crisis. The wealthiest 15% emit 75% of all emissions and are responsible for ¾ of global emissions.  The top 500 million people [7.5% of humanity] emit half the greenhouse emissions. The remaining 85% of humanity emit only 25% of all emissions.  The globally wealthy must solve the crisis as there is absolutely no other way. The emission cuts necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change must be made by the wealthiest 7½%, because they are using almost all of it. In contrast in the ‘living well’ concept by the Bolivian Government.  There is a growing movement in downshifting – citizens who reject consumerism outright, exchanging materialism for values. Millions are embracing a simple quality of life in which builds and nourishes our character rather than erode it.

Read Pacala’s staggering report which was ignored by the mainstream media and big greens, here:

A conversation with Morad, featured in the above photo:

Potentially so rich, practically extremely poor

I’ve been told that Morad is collecting huge amounts of bread since three decades ago.
I was interested in this case, so in my second visit to him first I bought a can of cold nectar (this is what I’m doing after that) and went to where he was sitting-in the shadow of an old tree.
this is our dialogue:

me: salam Morad
Morad: looking at me, seems trying to remember me, and then….salama
me: I’ve brought you nectar
Morad: nectar? what’s that?
me: a blend of banana and apple juice
Morad: first I should taste, if I don’t like it, then you may have it.
me: ok:)

then he took some of it, he smiled, showed me he liked it very much
Morad: god bless your parents
me: smiling

after he had the nectar
me: morad I’ve heard you are collecting breads since three decades ago
and continued:I’m going to bring some food and you bring me some bread, we are going to have the meal in you house
Morad: no, I’m too poor to be your host and my house is full of DOLLAKH
(in vilages of khorasan dollakh means very fine dust)
me: no matter, I’ve heard which your breads are from before revolution and they are more delicious comparing to those baked these days
Morad: I’ve not have any meat since many years ago and this is why I’ve forgotten the taste of it

Creative commons photo & conversation courtesy of HORIZON via Flickr.

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