A few days ago an interesting map was released by The Decolonial Atlas. The map shows the 100 companies (and their CEO names) responsible for more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The map is in the form of a cartogram which represents the size of countries by their cumulative carbon dioxide emissions since industrialization.
The main objective of this project is to visualize who are the ones that have gotten rich on the backs of literally all life on Earth. These guys (mostly guys) use a business model that relies on the destruction of the only home humanity has ever known.
Combined, they control the majority of the world’s mineral rights – the “right” to exploit the remaining unextracted oil, gas, and coal.
Houston, we have a problem
Houston tops this list as home to 7 of the 100 top ecocidal planet killers, followed by Jakarta, Calgary, Moscow, and Beijing. The richest person on the list is Russian oil magnate Vagit Alekperov, who is currently worth $20.7 billion.
A map to pull back the veil
According to the creators of this project, this map is a response to the pervasive myth that we can stop climate change if we just modify our personal behaviour and buy more green products.
They also add that whether or not we separate our recycling, these corporations will go on trashing the planet unless we stop them. The key decision-makers at these companies have the privilege of relative anonymity.
With this map, we’re trying to pull back that veil and call them out. These guys should feel the same personal responsibility for saving the planet that we all feelThe Decolonial Atlas Project