Why some climate activists are calling for reparations

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The catastrophic floods in Pakistan have sparked new calls for wealthy, polluting countries, which have developed their economies through intensive use of fossil fuels, to compensate developing countries for the devastating effects caused by the climate crisis.

The currently preferred term for this concept is payment for ‘loss and damage’, but some activists want to go further and frame the issue as ‘climate reparations’, just as racial justice activists are calling for compensation for descendants. of people reduced to slavery.

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