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Caritas and Climate Change
The poorest countries of the world are being hit disproportionately hard by the extreme weather brought by climate change. Their people end up even poorer. It’s a very unjust situation.
Caritas works at the local level to help people to be prepared and to adapt to what is happening. It means increasing their defenses against heavy rains and floods, distributing drought resistant seeds and training farmers in the best agricultural techniques. Caritas also gives farmers energy efficient stoves to save on firewood and to reduce carbon emissions. It helps them build up and diversify their assets and to protect them in the face of more frequent crises.
Caritas also advocates on behalf of those most affected by climate change, calling for poor countries to be given financial and technical help. Caritas lobbies at high-level international meetings for more investment in disaster preparedness and for proper protection to people forced to migrate because of climate change.
Caritas updates on Climate Change
Oceania includes an area referred to ‘The Amazon of the Seas’ because of its rich biodiversity. The region is vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change and we are the first people who will experience migration as a direct result of such climate conditions.
Following the momentum gained at the September climate summit, hosted in New York by the UN Secretary General, Catholic organisations united their voices to ask Governments for a firm commitment to reduce climate-warming emissions, facilitate adaptation programmes to the benefit of the poorest and comply with their promises for adequate public climate finance.
Caritas and CIDSE call for firm commitment from governments to put the poor at the centre of climate change policy, ahead of the COP20 United Nations conference on climate change from 1-12 December 2014 in Lima, Peru.