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Reducing inequality and carbon footprints within countries

Lear Jet, NASA, Public Domain

What is the carbon footprint of the richest 1% and how can it be reduced? This article is a response to a report by Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel on unequal carbon footprints. I also explore how policies to redistribute wealth could potentially increase or decrease an individual’s carbon footprint.

The world’s carbon trading schemes mapped (RTCC)

(Zpeckler, carbon, creative commons)

Responding to Climate Change / January 2013 The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme is the reference point for future schemes that could begin in China (the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases), India and the Republic of Korea.   Recently launched carbon trading schemes that […]

Defining the research agenda on inequality and unsustainable consumption

Source: Extreme Carbon Inequality (Oxfam, December 2015)

In April 2016 a group of academics and representatives from NGOs met at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London to discuss the challenge of reducing inequality and unsustainable consumption. I presented my research on the ecological footprint of the richest people and set out what I saw as the priority questions to focus on.


(Bjoern Schwarz, Nuclear Power Plant Germany, creative commons 2010)

How do we deal with the world’s urgent interconnected economic and environmental crises? Different people are talking about the green economy as the solution – but not everyone agrees on what it is.

Why Green Economy? is the meeting point for ideas from the global North and South on economics, energy, environment and climate change as we try to find a sustainable model on a finite planet.

Which Green Economy?

Why Green Economy

What should a green economy look like in practice? As awareness about the ecological crisis and climate change has increased in recent years there is growing agreement we need to make changes to the global economy. The debate around the green economy will be crucial in determining […]

The inequality of overconsumption: The ecological footprint of the richest

Ecological impact of the richest (Dario Kenner, Why Green Economy)

Extreme inequality and the wealth concentrated in the hands of the richest 1% is gaining increasing attention. However, these debates often do not include discussion of unsustainable levels of consumption (referred to as overconsumption) that are contributing to dangerous climate change and another potential mass extinction.

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