Climate change

Climate change

ACT Alliance believes that climate change is one of our greatest existential challenges and is committed in particular to addressing its impacts on the world's poorest people, who have contributed the least to the negative effects of climate change but suffer its consequences the most.

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A woman collects firewood in the parched Borena district of south Ethiopia. Women across the Horn of Africa are walking for miles each day to find water and firewood as the region experiences the worst drought in 60 years.ACT Alliance believes that climate policies should emphasise human rights and solidarity with the world's poorest people.

ACT calls on every country to be fully accountable, and for climate policies to enhance sustainable development.

The alliance believes climate change should be tackled on the basis of shared but different levels of responsibility: countries that have an historic responsibility for climate change must also be the ones making the biggest efforts to combat it.

ACT is working on many fronts around the world

Raising awareness of the scientific, moral and legal issues at stake.

Challenging political leaders to minimise the negative impact of climate change on the world's poorest people so that they can lead lives that are more secure and less vulnerable to its devastating effects.

Developing innovative solutions – ranging from the financial to the technical – to address the havoc wreaked by decades of carbon over-consumption and political negligence.

Helping communities in practical ways, through humanitarian and development programmes all over the world, to adapt to climate change – by developing preventative measures such as dams and hurricane-proof housing, and ensuring people have the resilience to recover more quickly when climate-related disasters strike.

Adaptation

As an alliance of over 33,000 people working together to achieve justice for the world's poorest communities who are often harmed the most by climate change our priority is to help people make practical improvements to their living conditions right now. We want to ensure people are as well equipped as they can be to withstand the calamitous effects of climate change.

We focus on adaptation – developing new ways of doing things to accommodate changing climatic conditions, new farming techniques, for instance, and new ways of building houses.

We also aim to reduce the risks posed by disasters linked to our changing climate, such as growing mangrove forests along rivers to slow down flood waters and protect dwellings built on flood plains. We try to help people adapt their livelihoods so that they are less economically vulnerable when a disaster strikes. We support communities' abilities to recover after they are hit by floods, droughts, famines and other disasters triggered by climate change. And we seek to influence policies to deal with subsequent loss and damage.

ACT promotes a pro-poor perspective towards adaptation policies, programmes and financing that prioritises the most vulnerable people.

Financial compensation

Financial compensation is a key area in any discussion about climate change. Countries with historic responsibility also have responsibility to mobilise compensation to combat the negative effects of climate change. Compensation should be additional (to other forms of funding for climate change programmes), predictable and adequate. The priority should be to direct it to developing countries, especially those with fewer resources and capabilities to face the effects of climate change.

Climate finance will have to come from public budgets and the private sector using innovative financial models. The goal of mobilising US $100 billion in 2020 is likely to fall short of what is needed. It must be acknowledged that the need for funding for adaptation programmes will increase rapidly if ambitious mitigation actions are not taken.

Low carbon development

A global shift towards a new development paradigm that is economically just and environmentally friendly is a pre-condition to keep global warming well below 2 degrees. A global move to low carbon development is the only remaining option for industrialised countries, emerging economies and developing nations. However, low carbon development pathways must respect a development threshold and the equal right of all people to use the environment sustainably.


Latest news about Climate change

Reflections on Rio+20

Reflections on Rio+20

Jul 18, 2012

Christian Aid's senior advisor for sustainable development reflects on ACT's policy work at Rio+20, as well its investment in the "People's Summit" side event.

Churches worldwide urge Poland to show leadership on climate change action

Churches worldwide urge Poland to show leadership on climate change action

Jun 01, 2012

Christian leaders and communities across the globe this week began lobbying the Polish government to take decisive and bold action to combat climate change, in a global campaign coordinated by ACT Alliance.

Baby steps at Bonn climate talks reveal lack of ambition

Baby steps at Bonn climate talks reveal lack of ambition

May 30, 2012

Discord, mistrust and a lack of ambition from countries contributed to the disappointing outcome of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, ACT Alliance says.

Private finance needs thorough scrutiny

Private finance needs thorough scrutiny

May 24, 2012

An event co-hosted by ACT Alliance at the UN climate talks in Bonn has revealed uncertainty over the role private finance can play in funding the international response to climate change.

Address climate gaps in Bonn, ACT says

Address climate gaps in Bonn, ACT says

May 21, 2012

With the latest round of climate change negotiations now underway, ACT Alliance is urging governments to address the failures of last year's COP 17 climate talks in Durban, South Africa.

A drive for climate justice

A drive for climate justice

Dec 20, 2011

Youth activists cross Africa gathering signatures to pressure COP17 delegates in Durban

Tropical storm wreaks havoc in the Philippines

Tropical storm wreaks havoc in the Philippines

Dec 19, 2011

ACT members are taking stock in the Philippines after a tropical storm affects nearly 150,000 people

Durban's big issue: climate change kills people

Durban's big issue: climate change kills people

Dec 15, 2011

Within the negotiating halls and on the streets, Durban's victory was to give climate change a human face

After Durban, the hard work begins

After Durban, the hard work begins

Dec 12, 2011

Durban deal only the start, says ACT Alliance

Money starts trickling into Green Climate Fund

Money starts trickling into Green Climate Fund

Dec 08, 2011

Wealthy nations have finally promised contributions to the fund – but can they make it operational?

Pressure mounts on leaders to deliver in Durban

Pressure mounts on leaders to deliver in Durban

Dec 07, 2011

Governments must be willing to transcend their national interests for the sake of humanity

COP17: ACT member awarded best climate film in Durban

COP17: ACT member awarded best climate film in Durban

Dec 06, 2011

COP17: ACT member awarded best climate film in Durban

COP17: ACT member awarded best climate film in Durban

COP17: ACT member awarded best climate film in Durban

Dec 06, 2011

A humorous take on the serious consequences of climate change

COP has five days to deliver, says ACT Alliance

COP has five days to deliver, says ACT Alliance

Dec 05, 2011

Global network demands governments immediately close crucial gaps in UN climate talks

World can reduce global emissions from agriculture

World can reduce global emissions from agriculture

Dec 05, 2011

The huge potential to reduce emissions produced by agriculture has not yet been tapped