Climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, joins a coalition of youth climate leaders and environmental groups during a climate strike outside the United Nations, Friday Aug. 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Greta Thunberg, the autistic teen who could barely contain her emotions while chastising the world (but mostly the US) on climate change at the UN this week, has (with the help of other teen enviro activists) officially filed a lawsuit against five countries for what the teens believe is their apparent unwillingness to act on climate change.
Sixteen adolescents, including Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, are suing five countries for violating their rights as children by not taking sufficient measures against climate change. But they don’t want money, they want action.
The lawsuit was announced Monday shortly after Thunberg’s emotional speech in front of the United Nations General Assembly. The five countries named are Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey — the children filing the suit, all under 18, are from 12 different countries, including four of the five named in the suit, reports Gizmodo.
Noticeably absent from the list is Communist China, who, according to multiple media outlets, is ranked near if not at the top of the worst polluters in the world (the jokes about China calling their air pollution “fog” are well known).
According to this 2018 Forbes report, once China industrialized, it outpaced the U.S. and the E.U. for carbon emissions and is not alone in pumping out the carbon dioxide in the Asian Pacific region.
China’s emissions passed those of the U.S. in 2005, and by 2012 had surpassed the combined contribution of both the U.S. and the EU. Should recent trends continue, China will be responsible for the most atmospheric carbon dioxide in less than 20 years.
China has lots of regional company, t00. The Asia Pacific region is home to both China and India — the world’s two most populous countries and two of the largest carbon dioxide emitters. It is also home to other fast-growing and/or populous countries, like Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Japan. Over the past decade, this region’s carbon dioxide emissions have grown at an average annual rate of 3.1%, which was nearly triple the global average. As a result, Asia Pacific is now responsible for nearly 50% of global carbon dioxide emissions.
And speaking of the U.S., Thunberg may want to save some of her hate eyes for Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, since that states leads the U.S. in carbon emissions (makes that whole recent discussion of car emission standards more interesting, doesn’t it?)
California topped the list, followed by Oregon and Washington.
Los Angeles is the city with the worst ozone pollution — LA has topped that list in 19 of the last 20 of these reports. The area of California around Fresno, Madera, and Hanford was found to have the most year-round particle pollution, while Bakersfield, California was the city with the worst short-term particle pollution.
There are myriad health risks associated with air pollution, including reduced lung function and increased risk of asthma. Dirty air causes an estimated 8.8 million deaths worldwide every year.
Greta’s adult handlers have been feeding her the wrong information and making her look like a fool on the world stage, a terrible thing to do to a child. So, Miss Thunberg, here’s a report on China from an outlet you may feel you can trust. You’re old enough now to start making some of these decisions for yourself. Good luck.