The sixth and latest report on the impact of global warming on the planet from the International Panel on Climate Change, released early this month, echoes the warnings of many of those before it: specifically, that climate change threatens global catastrophe if we fail to act to avert it.

However, in its more than 30 years of analysis it has never discussed the interdependencies which exist between climatic change and colonialism: till now.

That is why it is important not just for the term colonialism to feature in the complete, rather technical part of the latest report.

Colonialism has exacerbated the impacts of climate change, contends the sixth and final International Advisory Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the impact of global warming on the planet, which was published earlier this month.

It tells us how the Climate Justice movement has long fought for recognition of the unequal impact of climate change on different populations.

Since the IPCC produced its fifth report in 2014, an ever growing amount of literature has also existed confirming the links between climate change and colonialism.

It remains to be seen how the IPCC will treat these links between climate change and colonialism, but I hope that it will accept colonialism in all three of its working groups in the near future.

Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change

The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change is a climate change denial advocacy organisation set up by S. Fred Singer’s Science & Environmental Policy Project, (wikipedia)