Diverting Aid From Public Health To Climate-Related Issues ‘Immoral’ In Developing Countries

Wall Street Journal: This Child Doesn’t Need a Solar Panel
Bjørn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center

“…[A]id is being diverted to climate-related matters at the expense of improved public health, education, and economic development. … In a world in which malnourishment continues to claim at least 1.4 million children’s lives each year, 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty, and 2.6 billion lack clean drinking water and sanitation, this growing emphasis on climate aid is immoral. Not surprisingly, in an online U.N. survey of more than eight million people from around the globe, respondents from the world’s poorest countries rank ‘action taken on climate change’ dead last out of 16 categories when asked ‘What matters most to you?’ … Providing the world’s most deprived countries with solar panels instead of better health care or education is inexcusable self-indulgence. … [T]he truth is that climate aid isn’t where rich countries can help the most, and it isn’t what the world’s poorest want or need” (10/21).