Die missverstandenen Opfer der globalen Erwärmung

BAMAKO, MALI – Medienunternehmen in wohlhabenden Ländern senden regelmäßig Reporter aus, um „Opfer der globalen Erwärmung“ aufzuspüren. In Berichten von den pazifischen Inseln, aus Bangladesch oder Äthiopien warnen Journalisten vor bevorstehenden Katastrophen. Die Erderwärmung ist die bedrohlichste Herausforderung für diese Regionen, wird uns erzählt. Sie muss unbedingt gelöst werden.

Doch hören wir selten von den Menschen vor Ort, von denen berichtet wird, sie seien in Gefahr. Es ist nicht so, dass diese Menschen keine Stimme hätten; wir schenken dem, was sie sagen, einfach kein Gehör.

Das Copenhagen Consensus Center hat angefangen, Menschen an den Brennpunkten der globalen Erwärmung über ihre Ängste und Hoffnungen zu befragen. In Mojo, in Zentraläthiopien, trafen unsere Forscher Tadese Denkue, einen 68-jährigen ehemaligen Soldaten ohne regelmäßiges Einkommen. „Ich weiß nie, wann ich mir wieder etwas zu essen kaufen kann“, meinte er. „Ich weiß nur, dass ich starke Not leide. Das ist kein würdiges Leben.“

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