Drunk driving at G8

Oxfam’s Kate Raworth gives her take on the achievements of the G8 summit and compares the outcome to intentional drunk driving...

"After today’s G8 summit we agreed to set the aim for a reduction of the entire global emissions of gases to 50 per cent by 2050, as a target to be taken up by the entire world".

This was Japan’s Prime Minister Fukuda speaking on behalf of the G8 leaders last Tuesday. What an extraordinary situation: eight people from eight countries setting policy with such huge implications for the whole world. But hey, they said they would halve global emissions – that’s got to have been a good thing, right?

Wrong.

First, it’s not even a policy. Without stating a base year to make cuts against, it is meaningless. Without setting a mid-term target for 2020, it is un-ambitious. And without a commitment that rich countries will take on the biggest share of cuts, it is unjust. South Africa’s environ