Climate change is threatening the lives and livelihoods of people everywhere and the stability of life on our planet.
Current atmospheric concentrations have already committed the planet to decades of disruption to the normal cycle of life.
Climate Impacts are Unequal
This affects the entire planet; but the worst impacts are and will be felt by the impoverished and marginalized.
Civil society groups are calling on developed countries to fulfill their commitment to compensate poor countries and communities for the costs of adapting to climate change, and repay their climate debts.
Key Demands Include:
- Industrialized countries have the legal obligation to compensate for historical, current and future climate change impacts.
- Efforts to divide developing countries in the negotiations on the basis of their vulnerability is unacceptable.
- Institutional arrangements under the Convention are needed to ensure decisions are made fairly and respect the sovereignty of nations and peoples.
- Adaptation under bilateral cooperation and donor-driven international financial institutions, such as the World Bank, limit the voice and participation of those suffering adverse impacts.
- Adaptation is not resignation. Those who caused climate change must change their polluting lifestyles rather than imposing new costs on the poor.
For the latest updates on the issue of adaptation click here or see the following resources for further information:
- Climate Justice Brief on Adaptation (Esp ) ( Arabic )
- People’s Agreement of Cochabamba on Adaptation