Following a publication on the Economist web site, I’d like to comment on the fact that, according to the recent HSBC poll, people from the rich countries are less concerned of the damaging environmental effects than the people from the poor countries. Complexity of the economic system of a developed nation provides a stronger safety net to allow to mitigate or delay effects of environmental impacts, to redistribute negative implications through complex and interdependant economy. In the poor countries, where economies are often fully dependant on limited number of main industries, any environmental negative impacts are realized in much faster and more direct ways. In terms of specific examples, a drought (caused by global warming) in Canada will not bring such a devastating negative effects on national economy, as compared to Ecuador, where the main GDP component is agriculture. People in poor countries fully realize their dependancy on environmental and therefore, voice their concerns more actively.
Rich countries vs. Poor countries