Is the North to blame for the climate crisis?

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Should the north pay reparations to the climate vulnerable countries for decades of the developed world's over-consumption?

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in partnership with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

A recent study by Goldsmith’s University put the global north as responsible for 92% of excess global carbon emissions.

Though North America and Europe are now experiencing floods and wildfires on a new scale, it is the southern hemisphere that is bearing the brunt of flooding, droughts, famine and migration.

Join the panel to debate whether the north should pay reparations to the climate vulnerable countries for decades of the developed world’s over-consumption; and where do we stand on ‘consumption-based emissions’ where largely western countries outsource production to high-emitting China and India?

Join the panel to discuss the ethical and realistic financial impact of the inequalities of the climate crisis.

Chair: Maggie Chapman MSP, Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee


Tejal Kantikar, Assistant Professor, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, RSGS

Danae Kyriakopoulou, Senior Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics


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This is the 17th year that the Scottish Parliament has hosted The Festival of Politics.

Taking place over five days, our free online panel sessions allow you to have your say and debate if the world has gone past its tipping point or if it can be saved through science, technology and innovative action. Themed around the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals, we will also explore the impact of climate on other issues such as poverty and inequality.

Book your free tickets now and find out more about Scotland’s place in tackling the world’s climate crisis as it prepares to host global leaders for the COP26 conference.

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