Climate justice: The real story

Ahead of COP26 next month, much blame - and pressure - has fallen on Asian giants China and India for adding to global greenhouse gas emissions. But the hard truth is Western countries such as the United States and Canada are not doing enough. Here's why.

Canadians are among the nicest people on planet Earth as those who have had the good fortune to have Canadian friends can attest. Indeed, one running joke about Canadians is that the first words that come out from their mouths are often "I'm so sorry…"

Against this backdrop, it was truly shocking to hear a Canadian politician say on BBC Radio that Canada's actions on climate change would not make a real difference since the country contributed only 1.5 per cent of current global emissions. She added that it was all up to China and India, the largest new emitters, to save the world from climate change.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2021, with the headline 'Climate justice: The real story'. Subscribe