Stamping out the myth behind carbon footprints

Rich countries have a habit of pointing out how emissions from emerging economies such as China and India are increasing rapidly. This is true - but we need to have a closer look at the facts...

Emission levels per head in China and India are far below those in developed countries. In fact, if every country had the same per capita emissions as China, we would be able to cut gobal emissions by 30% below 1990 levels. So which country's people have had the biggest average carbon footprints between 1990 and 2004? Drag the flags onto the feet in the diagram below to find out...

 

Today in the freezing rain, Oxfam held a live demonstration of the differences between each country's per capita carbon emissions.

All countries must play a part, but with only two days to go, we look to the ministers of rich countries to lead the way in tackling climate change. We do not have the luxury of time.

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