Blame is not a distraction but a central component of the solution. As the primary drivers of climate change, there can be no justification for those in the developed world to emit greenhouse gases at a higher per capita rate than those in the developing world that will suffer the consequences.
The blame is inescapable. The highly developed nations in the West enjoyed the comforts that the burning of fossil fuels provided. They have built their societies on a practice that if left unchecked, will eventually make our planet uninhabitable. As we move forward, acknowledging this blame and taking financial responsibility for the environmental damage caused is essential for the development and implementation of solutions.
Only by being explicit about which nations are to blame for the climate crisis can we ensure the worst offenders meet their obligations to those suffering the consequences and reduce their greenhouse emissions.