le Devoir wrote:The rich emit 20 times more GHGs per person
than the poorest half of Canadians
The individual climate footprint of half of the poorest Canadians is already below the country’s target for 2030, experts say. The average for the richest 1% is 20 times higher.
An article in today's Devoir (French) reveals that the richest 1% of Canadians create 20 times more greenhouse gasses (the kind that is killing the planet) than the less wealthy half of the population.
The lower-middle class and below (50%) have already met Canada's climate objectives for 2030. But the richest tiers consume vastly more greenhouse-gas causing products than the poorer half.
Greenhouse gasses per capita
Canada average_____Less wealthy 50%_______Next 40%_____Wealthiest 1%
19.4 tonnes_______10 tonnes____________21 tonnes_____190 tonnes(!)
This is true across cultures and in all societies that are unequal:
LIM experts thus calculated that behind global emissions equivalent to 6.6 tonnes of CO2 per person in 2019, the poorest half of the human population actually averaged only 1.6 tonnes, compared to 6.6 tonnes for the next 40%, 31 tonnes for the richest 10% and 110 tonnes for the richest 1%. The phenomenon is repeated in the United States - where the 50% of the poorest have an average footprint of 9.7 tons per individual against almost 75 tons for the 10% of the richest -, in France (5 tons against 25), and even in China (3 tons against 36).
And yet, it is the polluting classes who own all the media, control our politicians, and invoke us to feel guilty about being such polluting pigs. They are making normal people feel "guilt" about the pollution that the rich are the biggest contributors to by far.
My cousin - who is upper middle class - once said that she didn't like poor people because they don't follow the same strict hygiene standards as the upper classes do.
Turns out, it was the rich all along who have been destroying everything, and are by far the dirtiest members of their societies. It is the slagTM that rises to the top (lots of it) under capitalism.
Why create these rich individuals in the first place (as a society) if the most important thing they have to offer is extinction-through-consumption?
the primary function of nobility is the telling of noble liesTM