Poll: Should wealthier countries shoulder more responsibility in tackling climate change?

Environmental action, and inaction, are major themes in Davos this week.

By Laura Roddy Reporter, Fora

WITH ALL EYES on the World Economic Forum held in Davos this week, climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been making headlines. 

While US President Donald Trump took aim at the “perennial prophets of doom” on the environment, the 17-year-old told a room of business and political leaders yesterday that wealthier countries need to do more when it comes to tackling the climate crisis.

“Richer countries need to get down to zero emissions faster and help poorer countries,” she said. 

According to research by University of Oxford, the world’s richest half of the world is responsible for 86% of global carbon dioxide emissions, with North America, Oceania, Europe and Latin America having higher emissions compared to their populations. 

Other research suggests that climate change has caused a larger inequality gap between countries

The debate on who should take responsibility is a thorny one, that predates the current Green Wave. When it comes to negotiating the minor details of which countries should pay for what, responsibility is often shirked

Keeping this in mind, Fora is asking our readers: Should wealthier countries take the reins in tackling climate change?