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

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.

Campaigners link right to food with climate justice

Campaigners link right to food with climate justice

Dec 10, 2012

The inextricable link between climate change and food security within a human rights framework is being discussed by the international community with increasing urgency.

Small concessions and little compensation make for poor COP 18 result

Small concessions and little compensation make for poor COP 18 result

Dec 08, 2012

A second Kyoto Protocol period offers little relief for countries bearing the brunt of climate change.

ACT signs on to open letter to ministers at COP 18

ACT signs on to open letter to ministers at COP 18

Dec 04, 2012

ACT has joined around 40 NGOs and alliances to sign an open letter to ministers as they arrive in Doha calling for immediate emissions cuts, adaptation assistance for developing countries, and an international mechanism to compensate for loss and damage.

Campaigners march for climate justice

Campaigners march for climate justice

Dec 03, 2012

Images from the Doha climate change march December 1, 2012. A number of ACT members attending the COP18 climate talks in Doha took part in the march.

Will funding for climate change end this year?

Will funding for climate change end this year?

Dec 03, 2012

A financial black hole is fast approaching as the second week of UN climate negotiations begins today in Doha, Qatar.

Keep COP 18 true to science and the poor

Keep COP 18 true to science and the poor

Nov 26, 2012

UN talks that began in Doha today must finally take the concrete steps needed to move towards a comprehensive agreement to tackle climate change.

New food crisis threatens globe

New food crisis threatens globe

Oct 16, 2012

To mark World Food Day, this briefing paper outlines the factors that are contributing to yet another looming food crisis, and attempts to chart a way out of the cycle.

Women farmers take on climate change

Women farmers take on climate change

Sep 18, 2012

A new study, “Women Farmers Adopting to Climate Change,” highlights how the phenomenon affects men and women differently – and can exacerbate already existing gender inequalities.

Philippine floods devastate capital

Philippine floods devastate capital

Sep 17, 2012

For two and half days it rained; flood waters rose, homes were destroyed and lives ultimately lost. At the last count more than 60 people had been killed in and around Manila.

One year on, progress visible in Horn of Africa

One year on, progress visible in Horn of Africa

Sep 14, 2012

Last year more than 13 million people were starving in the Horn of Africa. ACT Alliance has not only provided emergency relief to hundreds of thousands, but has worked to better prepare them for a more resilient future.

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.