Over 400m of the world’s poorest people – more than the total population of the USA and the UK put together – are most at risk from the impacts of climate change. Many of these are the people that CAFOD works with. The climate change that they are witnessing threatens to undo much of the good work we have done to help them out of poverty.
Four out of ten people (44%) at highest risk from climate change impacts are already surviving on less than $1.25, or 77p, a day, according to a new report from CAFOD.
Out of the 30 countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, 26 are ‘least developed countries’, among the world’s poorest.
Climate change is set to make these people’s lives even tougher and could prevent them from lifting themselves out of poverty.
However, we have hope. Just as scientists and climate experts show us this exacerbated trend of climate change is a result of human actions, so we can do something about it.
The UK has already shown international leadership with the Climate Change Act, but now we need our political leaders to lead the way on securing an ambitious new global deal to cut carbon emissions.
CAFOD is launching a major new campaign on climate change and energy to ask politicians to take action on this and to support the transition from polluting fossil fuels to sustainable renewable sources of energy.
We all have a part to play in creating a better climate.
By doing your bit – saving energy; renewing, reusing and recycling rather than creating waste; and reducing your carbon footprint – we can put more positive pressure on politicians and world leaders to lead the international action needed to share the benefits of our actions with the poorest people.