Riots in Chile forced Chilean President Sebastian Pinera to announce on that Chile could no longer host a United Nations climate conference scheduled for December. Climate activists are scrambling in disarray, hoping to find a replacement nation to host the Conference of the Parties Climate Conference (COP25) at a future date, but they have themselves to blame for the conference being cancelled. Aggressive Chilean climate policies that have raised energy costs, raised transportation costs, and taken money out of Chilean household budgets sparked the riots that caused the Chilean government to back out of hosting the U.N. conference.
Media outlets are currently claiming income inequality is the reason people in Chile are rioting in the streets. As the same media outlets properly noted last week, however, the protests began in response to fare hikes for the Santiago Metro, which hit low-income people especially hard.