As reported by The Guardian, only 1 percent of the richest people on our planet (approx. 63 million people) are responsible for the emission of twice as much greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as the poorer half of humanity, i.e. 3.8 billion people. This is indicated by the results of studies prepared on the basis of data collected in the years 1990-2015. At present, it is even worse in this matter.
We remind you that at the same time only 24 of the richest people in the world have the same wealth as the poorer part of the population, i.e. 3.8 billion people. But that's not all, the 2,153 richest people have a wealth equal to 4.6 billion people in the poorest section of the population. Only 1 percent of the population owns 47 percent of the world's wealth and at the same time grabbed 83 percent of what we produced in 2019.
What can I say, the rich are becoming more and more wealthy, and the poor are suffering more and more poverty and are tormented by the rich on a daily basis in terms of limiting themselves because of their supposedly great influence on the progress of global warming.
Oxfam and the Stockholm Institute for the Environment report that carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 60 percent in the last 25 years. However, the largest increase in emissions is visible among the richest 1 percent of people in the world. At that time, it was three times the increase in emissions of the poorer half of humanity.
Scientists warn that the richest people need to realize that their lifestyle has nothing to do with ecology. The rich who consider themselves to be ecological, even 1 percent of them are not as much as any of the representatives of the poorer population of the world. You cannot be ecological when you own a few houses, cars, spend a lot of money on food and then waste it. All of this has to be produced and to do this we need to generate greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Experts also emphasize that the problem of climate change may worsen, as the United Nations wants to eliminate poverty in the world within 30 years. The goal is laudable, but given the fact that people live ecologically only when it is profitable for them, the richer and larger part of the world's population will start to generate much more greenhouse gases, and this will be a disaster for us.