For Immediate Release
Climate Justice – Getting Real about Loss and Damage
Climate chaos is already causing hunger and conflict in many parts of the world. That these regions have contributed to environmental disruption the least, with some of the lowest historic carbon emissions, is not just a sad fact. It is a self-evident demand for greater support from the regions that are richer today due to both past and present high emissions. This year, the drought in East Africa that has severed food supply for 22 million people is illustrative of both the urgent need and sense of injustice. In addition, floods from record monsoons in Pakistan took 1,500 lives this summer and uprooted 33 million people. Mudslides have inundated villages in Central America, killing dozens and displacing 560,000.
Rich countries, however, very prominently the United States, dismiss calls for greater funding of ongoing loss and damage in the global south due to the climate changes that their own countries are most responsible for. This is due to the liability created by the climate crisis the United States, as the largest historical global emitter, along with other wealthy nations, have caused.
Last year in Glasgow, despite increasing pressure and protest, no action was taken on loss and damage (with the United States again seen as a major reason for inaction). This year, climate justice and loss and damage is expected to be one of the most important issues at COP, and, while expectations are not high, the US is signaling a willingness to discuss the issue more seriously.
As movements worldwide focus on climate justice, there is an increasing need for climate activism to focus on solidarity among and with those most affected in the global South and center the leadership of the global South. This program will focus on loss and damage and feature discussions with climate justice leaders focused on loss and damage advocacy, climate justice and awareness at the COP.
Raya is an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, is widely published on matters of energy regulation and the author of "Energy Justice" (2018).She has over 15 years experience of energy regulatory experience, both in private practice (Dewey & LeBoeuf) and for NGOs, including the NY Renews Coaltion, NRDC and the Environmental Defense Fund.
She is an environmental justice advisor to the House Oversight and Natural Resource Committees and has testified twice before congress. Raya went viral after standing her ground against the GOP during a big oil hearing. IG: ClimateAuntie Twitter/LinkedIn: Raya Salter; RayaSalter.com Wesleyan University, Fordham Law.
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