Illustration: Georgia Gerber for the Guardian
The economic imbalances in the world affect the capacity to deliver the protection of our planet at the scale required – and major importers and exporters of oil and other fossil fuels would want to avoid the pressure this has put on the developing world.
What they could do
When foreign investment in fossil fuels was deregulated in the 1990s, London led the way. Now the BBC has helped to create its own independent public service station on our planet – Planet Imbalanced – a visual report, mapping and analysis of how climate and energy investment has failed to match expectations.
Planetary change could impoverish all of humanity
Go to the website and you’ll find examples of cities around the world where the human population growth is so fast it is driving up the cost of water, food and energy.
So what do we need to do?
1. Instead of helping cities such as Istanbul with energy, the current government prioritises other industries such as shipbuilding and steel making.
2. Developing countries could benefit from the skills and capital that London companies have to offer.
3. Demand will increase and we may need more infrastructure, so importing power from wind farms around the world could help keep the lights on.
4. Not all of the profits from selling energy would go to governments, so we should be given incentives to make this work.
5. Reducing emissions from the growing world population could mean governments could offer more aid to poorer countries in the future.
We could also involve the government more, because getting cities in the way of human beings could cost lives and damage the economy.