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Poor countries get the short end of the stick

  • Published at 03:06 pm November 19th, 2017
Poor countries get the short end of the stick
When it comes to the disastrous effects of climate change, few countries are as vulnerable as Bangladesh. While rich countries do the polluting that is actually responsible for climate change, the poor and vulnerable in Bangladesh suffer the most. The Paris Agreement may have given the world some hope, but the fate of the planet seems to have taken a backseat to factors like money and geopolitics, with countries saying one thing and doing another. It is truly disappointing to see developed countries refusing to recognise the need for public and grant-based resources for adaptation. Poor countries have been forced to finalise the draft for loss and damages without a clear understanding of where the finances will come from. And although developed nations do not seem to object in theory to the need for these grants, they do not actually wish to pay up. Right now, the rich nations of the world with the power to make a difference are stalling, often by using vague language in their decisions on loss and damage. Time and again, we have seen that certain adverse effects of climate change are irreversible -- and that is when the question of compensation comes in. But at COP23, both Europe and Australia said they were wary of identifying climate change as the sole culprit of extreme weather events, in spite of volumes of evidence to the contrary. Poor countries have suffered enough for the sins of rich nations -- it is now their solemn duty to pay up and set things straight.