Climate change is one of the greatest obstacles to ending poverty and one of the gravest equity challenges of our time. While rich countries have been most historically responsible for causing climate chagne, poor countries are hit hardest by its effects.
ActionAid is working on the ground to support poor communities to build resilience to climate shocks, such as increasingly severe floods, droughts, and other extreme weather events. We are also challenging policy makers at the local, national, and international levels to act, with urgency, to tackle this crisis which threatens the lives and livelihoods of poor people.
The high temperatures, droughts, and extreme weather events that the world is experiencing in 2012 are at least partly climate-included, and are a foreshadowing of things to come if we fail to address climate crisis proactively. If not urgently addressed, climate change is likely to place millions of more people at risk of increased hunger, disease and disasters. A growing body of evidence, including the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), paints a picture of falling crop yields, decreasing access to water, the degradation of many eco-systems, and an increase in diseases, such as malaria, because of climate change.
Thankfully, we have the tools to combat this crisis. The solution to the climate crisis lies in supporting poor communities to analyze their vulnerability to climate change and implement their own solutions to the crisis. However, poor communities must be supported by the international community. Therefore, it is essential that rich countries pay for the costs associated adaptation and mitigation efforts in poor countries and take actions now to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions.