85% of the global population lives in the Global South but countries in the Global North have emitted at least three times as much climate pollution. Countries like the UK are failing to do their fair share to stop the climate crisis.
Our ‘Fair Share’ of climate action to keep us below 1.5C, is estimated to be a 200% reduction in the UK’s CO2 emissions by 2030. In other words, as close to zero emissions as possible at home while funding the equivalent amount of climate action overseas. Climate Fair Shares estimates this to be in excess of £1 trillion.
Meanwhile, the UK government just cut its Overseas Aid and is letting the biggest emitters off the hook. In 2020, during the peak of the Covid pandemic, the UK was the only country where Shell operates that it paid no tax. Instead, UK taxpayers forked out almost $100m in public money to Shell. This is back to front. Polluters must pay for climate action and a just transition. They must stop seeking to claim debt from countries that are least responsible, and also from communities within the UK that are most exposed to climate change and other injustices.