Working Group on Climate Change and Development - a coalition that includes
Christian Aid - warns in a new report that global warming threatens to
reverse human progress and make the international targets on halving global
povery by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals, unattainable.
summer 2004 has been marred by the havoc wrought across the Caribbean by
the hurricanes Jeanne and Ivan, and the worst flooding in recent years
a world in which global warming is already happening, such severe weather
events are likely to be more frequent, and extreme.
leading environment and development charities have come together for the
first time to highlight their joint concern about the serious impact that
global warming is already having on some of the world's poorest communities.
to play their part in trying to halt dangerous climate change and to help
bring about a global solution that is fair and rooted in human equality,
the coalition called on the international community to take urgent action
global risk assessment of the likely costs of adaptation to climate change
in poor countries.
Cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases by industrialised countries in the
order of 60 - 80% (relative to 1990 levels) by the middle of this century,
far beyond the targets of the Kyoto Protocol. This is vital to stop climate
change running out of control - for example by global average temperatures
rising beyond 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
Commensurate new funds and other resources made available by industrialised
countries for poor country adaptation, bearing in mind that rich country
subsidies to their domestic fossil fuel industries stood at $73 billion
per year in the late 1990s.
Effective and efficient arrangements to respond to the increasing burden
of climate-related disaster relief.
Development models based on risk reduction and incorporating community-driven
coping strategies in adaptation and disaster preparedness.
Small-scale renewable energy projects promoted by governments and community
groups which can help to both tackle poverty and reduce climate change
if they are replicated and scaled-up. This will require political commitment
and new funds from governments in all countries, and a major shift in priorities
by the World Bank and other development bodies.
Coordinated plans, from local to international levels, for relocating threatened
communities with appropriate political, legal and financial resources.