Daniel Halliday
Apr 8 · Last update 12 days ago.
Who should be held accountable for climate change?
Deciding how to deal with the biggest problem facing the globe remains as misguided as the complex range of views on the validity of the problem itself. The popular mainstream narrative around climate change remains largely one of blaming corporations that are invested in industries and calling for their practices to change, in order to deal with climate change. However companies are ultimately just supplying consumers who are the ones creating demand, and through purchasing power they are green lighting the practices that cause climate change to continue. This inevitably remains a complex balancing act between fact, opinion, education and policy, but is the Climate Change debate being derailed by corporate blaming? With who's hands should the accountability for climate change lie?
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Recent studies have found that the five largest meat and dairy corporations have higher greenhouse gas emissions than some top oil companies or even entire nations, a meat and dairy footprint that is not representative of the population they serve. Meanwhile farmers are already failing from the effects of climate change, something that will only worsen refugee crises around the world. This issue needs tackling now and it needs to start with agricultural reform, both to minimise greenhouse gas production and to safe guard and develop safety nets for those most at risk. More developed countries at the cutting edge of agriculture need to be doing more to help those worst effected globally.

euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/five-meat-and-dairy-companies-emit-more-emissions-than-major-oil-companies-study-finds aljazeera.com/indepth/features/option-climate-change-driving-flee-guatemala-190512174743893.html

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As businesses inescapably cater for and can only make money from consumers, businesses will follow consumer habits. In this way tackling climate change needs to flow upstream from consumer decisions to corporate investments, as “downstream [consumer] emissions account for 90 per cent of the total company emissions, leaving these 100 corporations responsible for about seven per cent of global emissions” [1] according to a study by the Carbon Disclosure Project. Education and the fight to win over and irradiate climate change denialists with facts needs to be the first steps in tackling this massive issue, as the power ultimately lies in the hands of the consumer and all consumers need to be on the same page on Climate Change.

[1] nationalpost.com/news/politics/so-you-think-corporations-are-responsible-for-the-worlds-emissions-its-not-that-simple

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