Developing countries have produced relatively few of the greenhouse gases that are driving global climate change, yet they are feeling the consequences of changing weather patterns most acutely.
Communities around the world are feeling the disruption as once predictable rains are becoming erratic, and as storms become more violent. And generally, poorer people have fewer means to protect themselves against unexpected events, live on land more prone to expose them to risks, and have fewer resources to fall back on when disaster strikes.
Ireland's overseas aid programme aims to assist the poorest people, but it is being undermined by the changing climate. As well as being an aid donor, Ireland is also one day of the worst offenders when it comes to climate pollution: per person, we are some of the biggest greenhouse gas producers in the world.
Dóchas 2-page briefing on Climate Change: Eroding Development (2008)