Green Planet Blues: Environmental Politics from Stockholm to Tyoto

By Ken Conca; Geoffrey D. Dabelko et al. | Go to book overview

ANIL AGARWAL & SUNITA NARAIN


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Global Warming in an
Unequal World:
A Case of
Environmental Colonialism

The idea that developing countries like India and China must share the blame for heating up the Earth and destabilizing its climate--as espoused in a recent study published in the United States by the World Resources Institute in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program--is an excellent example of environmental colonialism. India and China may account for more than one-third of the world's population, but are these two nations really responsible for flushing one-third of the muck and dirt into the world's air and oceans?

The report of the World Resources Institute ( WRI), a Washington-based private research group, is based less on science than politically motivated mathematics. Its main intention seems to be to blame developing countries for global warming and to perpetuate the current global inequity in the use of the Earths' environment and its resources. . . .

The exercise of blaming developing countries has already begun. Until recently, it was widely accepted that developed countries of the West consume most of the world's fossil fuels and produce most of the carbon dioxide--the main agents of

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Originally published in Earth Island Journal (Spring 1991):39-40. Reprinted with permission.

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