“Together, we are the world and it's not too late to do something.”
Rev. Baranite Kirata, Kiribati
"We want to survive."
Rev. Tofiga Falani, President of the Congregational Christian Church of Tuvalu
The world's poorest people live on the frontline of climate change. Unless climate change is dealt with at a global level, people in developing countries will find it even more difficult than ever to put poverty behind them. In 2012 the world witnessed floods in the Philippines, droughts in Africa’s Sahel region and Hurricane Sandy tearing its way through Caribbean and North America. The World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warn of how climate change would impact most on the lives of millions of people in the poorest countries – the very people who have done the least to contribute to climate change.
Climate change is now a critical development issue. It risks making poverty permanent and igniting conflict over increasingly scarce resources. The world’s poorest people suffer its worst effects. They have the most marginal land, vulnerable food production and least resources yet they didn’t create the problem.
It will take a global effort to clean up the climate and create a fairer future.
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