Climate justice can help end poverty (and ending poverty can help stop global warming. But not by convincing our leaders.)

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Climate Justice Can Help End Poverty

History teaches us that when decent people take risks and engage in struggle for principles, peacefully and courageously, pursuing civil disobedience where necessary, then those who occupy the instruments of power, whether in government or in the financial sectors, will listen and understand.

Seriously, Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International? Do you believe that or is it just the strategic thing to say? History teaches us when we make present conditions untenable for those in power, we often get one-tenth of the change we need.

But thank you for making the point that stopping global warming is also a matter of justice.

Now to destroy the flip side, the belief that environmentally we cannot afford to let poor people get richer (or that we need fewer people, meaning the growing population of poor people; somehow the equally reprehensible but more logical conclusion that there need to be fewer of the richest, most disproportionately users of resources).