How the poor will be disproportionately affected by climate change
“Is it true that fighting climate change will also fight poverty?”
In the current political discourse over climate change, there seems to be people camped on to two sides, those who value action to increase the impact of sustainable systems and those who value fighting poverty. However, if one were to analyze this issue scientifically, then one would realize that this is a false dichotomy. An increase in global temperatures would cause a corresponding devastation in agriculture. Not only would this inhibit the daily productivity of impoverished farmers worldwide, but it would also cause a rise in food prices. Since the global poor spend the majority of their income on food, this would cripple their livelihoods. On top of this, since much of the developing world lives near the equator, increased global temperatures will make this already balmy region even hotter, throwing the entire system out of equilibrium and devastating people of lesser economic means. Therefore, if you see a politician talk about how investing in sustainability is a “waste of money” please tell them to analyze the facts and then make an informed decision.