If we want to slow down climate change,CO2 emissions must be drastically reduced. This requires a radical reorientation of the economy and society. Together with my team, I am researching which measures are suitable for rapidly bringing about sustainable change. Among other things, we need more efficient climate policy instruments that target the richest. After all, 0.5 percent of the world's richest people cause moreCO2 emissions than 50 percent of the poorest. This is not so much about the relationship between the Global North and South, but about social groups on all continents who have enormous wealth, similar lifestyles and a great deal of power to change things.
Ilona M. Otto Professor of Social Consequences of Climate Change