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Balancing the Scales

Yasmin El-Beih and Abigail Flynn
November 4, 2022

As major flooding wracks Pakistan, droughts choke much of East Africa and wildfires raze Australia, it is becoming clear that the consequences of climate change are not distributed equally across the globe. Industrialized countries in the Global North, particularly those with strong colonial histories, have the worst carbon emission records. Yet it is the Global South, with relatively lower emissions, that is bearing the brunt of the resulting environmental catastrophes. 

Ali Awni, professor of practice in the Department of Management and director of AUC’s John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, Civic Engagement and Responsible Business, explains the need for a “just transition” to address this inequality.

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