Chile’s Protests Offer Lessons on Social Inequality and Climate Action

27 November 2019: The simple fact that the popular uprising in Chile was triggered by a fare increase for probably one of the “greenest” metros in the world shines the spotlight on linkages between climate change and equity. In a recent WRI article, Mathilde Bouye suggests two types of fiscal reforms that could make Chile’s ambitions of a carbon-neutral and resilient economy more inclusive. First, metro subsidies should be provided for low-income commuters who are disproportionally affected by the increase in fees during peak hours. Second, the country’s water pricing system, where companies have perpetual water rights, while Chileans pay one of the highest water tariffs in Latin America, needs to be reformed. To read more of Bouye’s analysis of the issue, read the blog post on the WRI website.