Similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental disasters hit marginalized communities the hardest. Not just because they are more exposed to risk, but because of social vulnerabilities and inequalities that prevent them from responding to these events.
Looking ahead, the year might not be an easy one for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro; the economy, institutional chaos, corruption and an opposition that could be reorganizing itself, among other issues, will give him more than just a headache.
Climate change poses an uneven burden on the economy and future development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, not enough attention is brought to this “life or death” matter.
Greta Thunberg—the 16-year-old girl who just one year ago started a global climate movement—has spoken loud and clear about demanding action against climate change’s devastating effects. It’s now time for the adults to act and hold our leaders accountable.
Brazil and the developing world are not the only culprits on climate change. The developed world too shares the blame for CO2 output. Unfortunately, the international system lacks the capacity to address these gaps. Is it time to reconsider activism and action that doesn’t depend on states?