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Inequality between nations good for environment?

Can't decide the where to stand morally in this question. What do you think?

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“It is politically insensitive to suggest that billions of people in developing nations should be denied ‘development’ for the sake of our planet’s greater good. Yet, looking favorably on a growing middle class in developing nations is nonetheless starkly incongruent with being against environmental catastrophe. [...] Sustainability needs to include a degree of inequality between nations and people. Negotiating this order and dividing resources, peacefully or otherwise, is what civilisation has always been about.

World Forum