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While we’re at it, let’s start taking responsibility for the massive decline of elephants and other wildlife. “Only 90 years ago, the agents of King Leopold II of Belgium massacred 10 million Africans in the Congo.” (http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/35/181.html)
Now that the west has used the natural resources and befouled the planet, we can raise our post-industrial hands and say they are clean. It’s the fault of developing nations. Those other people, whom we’ve always blamed for anything we want to deny responsibility for.
The rivers of Bangladesh run like dead cesspools because of western industries. We’ve exported the worst of contaminating industries not because we are so conscious about the environment, but because we don’t want to have to pay for manufacturing labor, or the costs of environmental clean-up.
“So, there are more than 300 years of massive fossil fuel burning by the so-called West to account for. And while this historical responsibility still played a significant role at Kyoto in 1997—resulting in emissions cuts that were only legally binding for industrialised countries—it has gradually been pushed into the background.
Now in Paris it seems almost forgotten. But the fact that about 80% of historical carbon emissions have to be attributed to the developed countries cannot simply be wished away.”
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