Spanish climate activists clashed over the millions of dollars poured into Ibiza over the weekend, a video on social media shows. The yacht, a sprawling vessel called Kaos, is said to be owned by Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie.
Acted from The Future of Vegetablesan environmental group that aims to fight climate change, share a video on Twitter Sunday morning showing them standing in front of the Kaos yacht holding a poster that reads, “You Conume Others Suffer.” At least one part of the boat’s exterior, the one closest to the ground, can be seen covered in a mixture of red and black spray paint.
Members of Futuro Vegetal pointed out that carbon emissions are highest among the richest people in the world.
“The richest 1% of the world’s population has more pollution than the poorest 50%,” the activists are heard saying in the video.
“They are condemning us to a future of pain, misery and devastation,” they continued. “They are destroying our planet, disrupting the habitability of the earth and everything, to lead a standard of living that exceeds the limits of reason.”
The two climate activists who appeared in Futuro Vegetal’s social media video were detained on Sunday, according to the group, which said in an update shared on Twitter that the pair were likely to be released on Monday evening.
According to Bible yachtan industry news site that says it tracks yacht purchases and ownership worldwide, Laurie owns the Kaos company. Mrs. Walton. Laurie inherited an interest in Walmart from her father and received enough stock in the company when he died in 1995 to make her a billionaire, according to Forbes. She took the 268th place on the magazine’s list of billionaires in 2023, and her net worth is estimated at $8.7 billion, according to Forbes.
Community climate activists, climate scientists and world leaders have been calling for decades for the rich to reduce carbon emissions, pointing to the disproportionate contributions of greenhouse gases from rich countries, such as the United States, and individuals. In 2020, the United Nations insisted on the richest 1% in the worldabout 97% to stop ongoing climate change.
His report that year warned that the global emissions gap, meaning the “difference between where we are likely to be and where we need to be” on climate policy, was deeply dangerous, and that the rich primarily responsible. At the time, a United Nations report said that only 10% of the world’s population emitted almost half of the world’s carbon pollution.
I report published in September 2020, the Stockholm Environment Institute estimated that the richest 10% of people in the world contributed to around 50% of global carbon emissions between 1995 and 2015 — the time frame in which the institution to study. In comparison, the poorest 50% were responsible for 7% or 8% of emissions.
Citing parts of that study itself report on greenhouse gases and climate change, the International Energy Agency noted that the world’s richest 0.1% contribute more to global carbon emissions each year than the rest of the richest 10% combined, and the poorest 1% rich pollute about 1,000 times more than the poorest 1%. %. Another report at Oxfam last November revealed that just 125 of the world’s richest billionaires emit 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per person, on average, every year, which is about a million times higher than average emissions annual bottom 90%.
CBS News reached out to Walmart and Laurie but did not immediately receive responses.