We, as humans, are causing the problem of climate change. Whereas science cannot give us an exact indication of the predicted consequences, climate change has already started to amplify existing risks, and is creating new ones for us and for natural systems (like food production) upon which we rely.
A clear conflict of interest is part of this super-wicked problem as economic development does not equal climate change mitigation. However, as changes will become irreversible and as climate change will disproportionately affect disadvantaged people and communities, addressing inequality (and poverty) is an crucial. Poverty alleviation often disappears as an explicit priority in wider concepts like socioeconomic, low-carbon or sustainable development.
In this short case study, which was published by Innovest Advisory, I defend the idea that the context in which we must tackle the problems of development and climate is through fighting poverty and inequality simultaneously through a collaboration of all.