The human impact of climate change on people living in developing countries is vast and it threatens to undermine development efforts across the globe. Those living in developing countries have contributed relatively little to the causes driving global change yet they are the most vulnerable to its effects.
Communities around the world are feeling the effects of climate change however those living in developing countries are especially vulnerable. People living in poorer areas of the world have fewer means to protect themselves against unexpected natural events, often live on land more prone to expose them to risk, and have fewer resources available to them for when disaster strikes.
The impacts of climate change threaten to undermine development efforts across the globe. Changes in weather patterns damage agribusiness driving up poverty levels, erode food security leading to health complications, and increase rural to urban migration. Natural disasters, which are becoming more frequent and severe, damage schools, houses, business and effect sanitation, all of which prolong existing poverty traps.
Climate change is a cross-border issue that demands programmes and resources to assist those most vulnerable as well as action against the causes of climate change from those most responsible. Dóchas members alongside many other NGOs and groups across the globe are taking action against both the causes and the effects of climate change, overseas and in their own countries.
Biodiversity, as part of climate change is central to the development discourse on many economic activities, particularly relating to agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. Almost half of the world’s population is dependent on natural resources for their livelihood, and many of the most vulnerable people depend on biodiversity for their daily subsistence needs. Halting natural degradation the loss of biodiversity, and increasing the resilience of ecosystems is an integral part of contributing to human well-being, and poverty eradication. This has been outlined in the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 2011 – 2020, with many interconnections to the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
- Dóchas Submission to the Citizen's Assembly 'How the state can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change' (2017)
- Dóchas Submission to Public Consultation on Draft National Mitigation Plan (2017)
- Dóchas Submission to Dept. of Environment, Community, and Local Government Consultation on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) (2011)
- Dóchas Press Release 'Don't use aid to pay for climate damage says Development NGO's' (2009)
- Dóchas Briefing Paper 'Climate Change: Eroding Development' (2008)
Government and Multilateral Publications
- The Paris Agreement (2015)
- The Kyoto Protocol (1998)
- The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (2010)
- Irish Civil Society Response on Rio +20 'Towards the Green Economy and Better Governance' (2011)
- United Nations Development Programme Brief: 'Technical Note on Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' (2016)
- United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change website (IPCC)
- Stop Climate Chaos website