Global cooperation and ecology – Martin Khor

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According to the late Martin Khor, tackling the climate crisis demands more than just environmental solutions; it requires a reimagining of the international order – one that prioritises equity, cooperation and shared responsibility. Only through such concerted efforts can we hope to build a sustainable future for all.

However, the discourse around sustainable development has often been skewed, with emphasis placed on mitigating environmental degradation in the Global South while perpetuating high growth and consumption patterns in the Global North. This approach not only fails to address the root causes of the crisis but also worsens existing social and economic disparities.

Moreover, achieving sustainability requires a fundamental restructuring of the global economic system. This entails not only addressing ecological imperatives but also ensuring equitable distribution of the burden of adjustment. The failure to do so perpetuates the cycle of inequity and worsens the climate crisis.

Indeed, the climate crisis and the socioeconomic challenges facing the Global South are intrinsically linked, stemming from an unjust world order and unsustainable development models. Addressing these intertwined issues requires a holistic approach that recognises the interconnectedness of ecology, equity and economics.

Produced by: Third World Network

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