The Guardian is running a series this week on the “polluter elite,” shining a spotlight on how the world’s richest 1% and 10% contribute a lopsided portion of the planet’s carbon pollution.
In particular, the top 10%, or those who earn at least US $40,000 or £32,000, generated half of all carbon dioxide emissions in 2019, the latest year for which robust data is available.
The series is informed by a new report by Oxfam International on the topic, which, in turn, uses data generated by SEI’s Emissions Inequality Dashboard.
With the climate problem, we can’t ignore what people in the top 1% and 10% are doing. ... There needs to be a strong shift in power.
Emily Ghosh, SEI Scientist
The Guardian spoke with Emily Ghosh, a researcher based in SEI’s US Centre who is part of the Emissions Inequality Dashboard team.
“With the climate problem, we can’t ignore what people in the top 1% and 10% are doing. They have a global impact,” she told the Guardian. “We need to address this because it has gone unchallenged for too long. We need to look more closely to see how investments lock us into certain patterns of consumption, and who makes those decisions. There needs to be a strong shift in power.”
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