At COP21, U.S. Allows Mention of Climate Reparations — Only If It Doesn’t Have to Pay Them

Democracy Now!

Published on Dec 11, 2015

The United States will allow the words “loss and damage” in the Paris accords only if it is agreed that the U.S. is not liable for paying for it. “Loss and damage” refers to compensation for countries already suffering from the impacts of climate change caused by more industrialized nations. We discuss the role of the U.S., China and other major countries at COP21 on this issue and on REDD, a mechanism meant to stem deforestation in countries such as Indonesia. “REDD is labeled as a solution to the climate crisis,” says Ruth Nyambura, Kenyan political ecologist, part of the African Ecofeminist Collective. “But it has given polluting countries in the developed world, and corporations, the ability to say, ‘I will continue to pollute as long as I pay for forest rehabilitation in the Global South.'”

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

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