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Climate Change and the Poor

Climate change is a hugely debated topic – It has been seven years since Al Gore’s controversial film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ was released, generating claims of conspiracy theories, urgency within governments and conversation among the people. Regardless of personal opinion toward the causes of climate change, our earth is changing and this has severe consequences for individuals and their livelihood.
Developed countries such as Australia have increased capacity to deal with climate change. Developing countries that do not have adequate infrastructure and already deal with high levels of poverty struggle to manage the affects of climate change on agriculture; the availability of food and water; and human development. The United Nations Development Fund states that, “Unless people have basic access to water, sanitation, food and energy, to institutions that work, and a say in the decisions that affect their lives, then they will not be able to cope with a changing climate”. (UNDP, 2012).
A report released by The International Social Justice Commission outlines how Corps in different territories of The Salvation Army are affected by changing environments and climate. A Call For Justice
What can we do?
1. Educate ourselves regarding the effects of climate change.
2. Continue to advocate for the marginalised.
3. Keep a global perspective - remember how we live in Australia affects the lives of individuals elsewhere.
4. If you are specifically passionate about environmental issues there are many ways to get involved. TEAR and Uniting Church Australia have environmental campaigns we recommend you get involved in