UN Report: Rich will save themselves in 'climate apartheid' while poor suffer

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Hundreds of millions will face food insecurity, forced migration and disease

CBC - June 25, 2019

The world is on course for "climate apartheid," where the rich buy their way out of the worst effects of global warming while the poor bear the brunt, a UN human rights report said on Tuesday.

The report, submitted to the UN Human Rights Council by its special rapporteur on extreme poverty, Philip Alston, said business was supposed to play a vital role in coping with climate change, but could not be relied on to look after the poor.

"An over-reliance on the private sector could lead to a climate apartheid scenario in which the wealthy pay to escape overheating, hunger, and conflict, while the rest of the world is left to suffer," he wrote.

He cited vulnerable New Yorkers being stranded without power or healthcare when Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, while "the Goldman Sachs headquarters was protected by tens of thousands of its own sandbags and power from its generator."

Relying exclusively on the private sector to protect against extreme weather and rising seas "would almost guarantee massive human rights violations, with the wealthy catered to and the poorest left behind," he wrote. Workers carry the last bit of water from a small pond in the dried-out Puzhal reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai on June 20. The drought is the worst in living memory for the bustling capital of Tamil Nadu state, which is getting less than two thirds of the 830 million litres of water it normally uses each day.

"Even under the best-case scenario, hundreds of millions will face food insecurity, forced migration, disease, and death." ...
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