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Queen Elizabeth II died today and our founder, Eric Holthaus, wrote a piece on the ways climate reparations might be the best way to deal with her legacy.
"Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died on Thursday.
Elizabeth’s legacy will be many things, but perhaps the most consequential trend she presided over is the steady escalation of climate emergency — and the cumulative harm of climate colonialism that the monarchy bears responsibility for.
In 2020, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the impact of climate change had been magnified in formerly colonized countries in the Caribbean and southwest Indian Oceans. The researchers found that colonization degraded soils, removed forests, and erased eons of traditional knowledge that previously enabled people to coexist with extreme weather. In some cases, the researchers concluded, colonialism was directly responsible for 'irreversible ecological shifts.'
It’s impossible to fathom, much less calculate, the consequences of British Imperialism on the planet as a whole."
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