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

Leapfrog to a low carbon future now – ACT Alliance

Leapfrog to a low carbon future now – ACT Alliance

Apr 13, 2014

13 April 2014 - New UN climate change analysis stresses rapid need for economies to seek low carbon solutions

ACT responds to Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines

ACT responds to Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines

Jan 31, 2014

31 January 2014 - A short video by talented videographer Ville Asikainen from ACT member FinnChurchAid

Big River Rising

Big River Rising

Jan 30, 2014

30 January 2014 - Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is a country living on the edge of disaster.

European Commission climate and energy proposal fails developing countries

European Commission climate and energy proposal fails developing countries

Jan 22, 2014

22 January 2014 - ACT Alliance and APRODEV joint statement. The European Commission’s 2030 objectives for climate change and energy policies unveiled today are woefully inadequate if the world is to avoid runaway climate change, two faith-based development and emergency organisations warn.

Deadly disease on rise in drought-hit Angola

Deadly disease on rise in drought-hit Angola

Dec 17, 2013

17 December 2013 - Heavy rains in Angola have sparked fears a cholera epidemic in southern provinces of the country will worsen, resulting in significant loss of life.

Deal with ‘everyday disasters’ to eradicate poverty

Deal with ‘everyday disasters’ to eradicate poverty

Oct 17, 2013

17 October 2013 - “Routine and everyday disasters are causing extensive harm to poor people, but they go unnoticed” says ACT General Secretary John Nduna.

The Gaping Gap of Adaptation in Africa

The Gaping Gap of Adaptation in Africa

Oct 17, 2013

17 October 2013 - Africa is a ‘vulnerability hot spot’ for the impacts of climate change – with adaptation challenges growing substantially even if emissions are reduced drastically.

World Renew linking relief and rehabilitation with development

World Renew linking relief and rehabilitation with development

May 31, 2013

31 May 2013 - ACT member World Renew links short-term humanitarian interventions with longer-term development to ensure that the injection of resources impacts on long term goals in Niger.

Community resilience features at disaster summit

Community resilience features at disaster summit

May 24, 2013

As this year’s Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction conference comes to an end, ACT Alliance and its members resolve to work even harder to build the resilience of communities towards disasters and the impacts of climate change.

ACT Alliance awards best work to mitigate the effects of climate change

ACT Alliance awards best work to mitigate the effects of climate change

May 22, 2013

The ACT Alliance Climate Change Award for 2013 was given May 21st to RDRS Bangladesh for best practice in its project, alleviating poverty through disaster risk reduction, which has been implemented in North West part of Bangladesh.

Nepal training advances local and global tactics to tackle climate change

Nepal training advances local and global tactics to tackle climate change

Apr 24, 2013

Members from eight Asian countries met last week in Nepal to share their experiences and develop strategies on how to better influence governments to address climate change.

For planet to survive, low carbon development model must be adopted

For planet to survive, low carbon development model must be adopted

Apr 22, 2013

It is time to rethink development, to open our eyes to the adverse effects of our high-consumption lifestyles and values. We have to transform our economy. We have to switch to a low-carbon and resource-efficient development model that closes the gap between rich and poor.

Climate finance meeting undermines legitimacy of UN negotiations

Climate finance meeting undermines legitimacy of UN negotiations

Apr 10, 2013

A US-hosted meeting to discuss climate finance only included wealthy western governments – while no single developing country was invited to participate in the talks that were ostensibly meant to support them.

Unequal access to clean water threatens international peace

Unequal access to clean water threatens international peace

Mar 22, 2013

Unequal access to clean water still remains one of the world’s biggest abuses of human rights and challenges to development – creating millions of avoidable illnesses and deaths every year.

Philippines’ fishing communities seek sustainable solutions to chronic flooding

Philippines’ fishing communities seek sustainable solutions to chronic flooding

Feb 04, 2013

Tired of being victims to annual flood waters that inundate their houses, residents of several villages along the shore of the largest lake in the Philippines are organising to either stop the flooding or find viable alternatives for their families.