Climate action: what ACT is doing
Friday, October 07, 2011
Climate change is one of the major challenges to humanity, and it is the area ACT Alliance has chosen to prioritise for collective action as a global network.
ACT is committed to tackling the glaring injustice that the world's poorest people, who have contributed least to the negative effects of climate change, suffer its consequences the most.
As a faith-based network with professional grass-roots experience, ACT Alliance stresses that climate policies must place human rights and solidarity with the world's poorest people at their heart. ACT calls for every country on earth to be fully accountable, and for climate policies to contribute to sustainable development.
The alliance believes climate change should be tackled on the basis of common but different responsibilities: countries that have a historic responsibility for climate change must also be the ones making the biggest efforts to combat climate change.
ACT is working on many fronts all 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 the devastating effects of an overheated climate.
Developing innovative solutions, ranging from the financial to the technical, to 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.
ACT's programme of climate action initiatives focus on three areas: adaptation, compensation and low carbon development.
Low Carbon DevelopmentA 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.
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