Thank you for your comment, Ronan. My intention isn’t to suggest that we should halt all progress in the area of sustainability until we’ve found a way to implement each option in a way that is entirely equitable, but simply to keep environmental justice at the forefront of our minds as we work towards sustainable alternatives — and to support lower-income countries to achieve decarbonization alongside higher-income ones. There is plenty of literature, as I’ve alluded to here, which emphasizes that decarbonization without proper consideration for equity will result in displacement of environmental degradation to communities already enduring the worst consequences of climate change. If our systems that propagate social disparity are the source of climate change in the first place, why should we assume that we can fix anything without also changing them?

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