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Introduction

Climate change is an issue that will affect every country on Earth. Weather patterns will change, natural resources will become scarce, and billions of dollars will need to be spent repairing damage. It seems obvious that slowing climate change and investing in sustainable energy practices would be in the best interests of the entire international community; however, anyone paying attention to the news surrounding the discussion of an international climate change agreement will tell you that global leaders are entangled in a complicated game of power politics. Through industrialization, a few of the richest countries in the world have polluted the environment for all nations. To add to the injustice, not all nations or people are equal in their production of carbon emissions, or in how much they are affected by the consequences of global warming. Global warming seems to be hitting developing countries much harder than developed countries, but some of the world's largest carbon emitters, such as the United States, have historically refused to place limits on levels of CO2. In order to effectively slow climate change, political leaders need to change the way they think about the problem. Ultimately, global warming should be thought of as a moral problem that requires a compassionate, educated and just response, not a problem of political power.