Climate Change And The Environment Essay

767 Words Dec 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Eco-imperialism plays into the issue of climate change and the environment due to the delayed effects of climate change. The effects of climate change are caused primarily by the industrial north however these adverse effects are not being felt immediately by these nations. Approximately two-thirds of GHG emissions are from the United States, Europe, and Japan, of which these nations hold one-seventh of the population of the world and roughly half of total global wealth. This is indicative of the asymmetrical impacts and eco-imperialist nature of climate change due to economic globalization. The populations in developing countries, especially the poorer populations, “experience far worse consequences from climate change than the wealthy” and far more significantly than the populations in the industrialized global north. This creates incentives for the global north not to develop strict and effective climate change reduction policies current and focus on economic growth. This is evident through the ignoring of both climate change refugees and environmentally insecure nations hailing for change in environmental policy.
The final environmental impact that demonstrates the eco-imperialist nature of economic globalization is the trade in toxic waste. The trade in toxic waste is a blaringly clear example of the eco-imperialist power that neo-colonial core states have over peripheral regions. The United States is responsible for over 80 percent of the world’s production of…

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