What is Climate Change?
Severe weather hits poor communities hardest as they often live in the most vulnerable places.
The environment has been heavily exploited by a global increase in population and consumer demand, leaving it more fragile than ever before.
Even if global emissions were stopped today, scientists suggest that the earth would still continue to experience a further warming of 0.5 - 1°C over the next few decades and that it would reach an increase of 1.8°C by the end of the century.
If we continue at today’s rate of emissions - or ‘business as usual’ - temperatures are predicted to rise by 6.4°C by 2100. This increase would be unsustainable for life as we know it on the planet.
It is not too late to limit the rises in global temperature – holding them to below 2°C – but this precaution will require fundamental changes in human behaviour.
RESOURCESRapport Annuel 2010 Le travail de Caritas : Le changement climatiqueNewsletter sur la justice climatique volume 6