An unprecedented global wake-up call
Letter to Friends around the World # 93

An unprecedented global wake-up call but vigilance is needed for the most vulnerable people

The Paris Climate Agreement reached at COP 21 marks a major step forward in the fight against climate change.

In the context of the Climate Agreement’s implementation, ATD Fourth World calls for:

  • Particular attention to be paid to the poorest 20% to ensure that no one is left behind. In other words, the results of an action can be judged beneficial only if they benefit every socio-economic category, including the most vulnerable.
  • Tackling climate change together with people in poverty and as part of an effort to eradicate extreme poverty.
  • Ensure that funds reach the most vulnerable.
  • The establishment of social protection floors.
  • Ensuring that people in poverty are able to benefit from training and job creation in the context of a just transition to a green economy.

Here are some comments that you have shared in our Discussion Forum:
>"Just a few years ago, a farmer in Cameroon was able to tell you with certainty that the rainy season begins in August and ends in November and the dry season runs from mid November to mid March.  Nowadays, we are forever waiting for the rains."

Blaise N., Cameroon

> "I'm in Berlin to exchange information on the Panama Canal and the threats this creates for the population and the climate.  I will write in more detail on my return.

Saul O. Fundación del Río, Nicaragua

> "The poorest populations in Bangladesh are those most affected by the effects of climate disruption. As a matter of fact, rural populations, and most notably poor coastal populations, unwittingly find themselves on the front line when flooding or deadly cyclones arise. Coastal erosion and saltwater intrusion further marginalize rural families who see their productive agricultural lands disappear.

But far from being passive victims, many Bangladeshi people try to set up survival strategies or adaptation strategies against climate change. Those who can afford it migrate to cities or to the capital Dhaka (where many of them will have to crowd into urban slums), or to neighbouring India."

Monika J., Bangladesh-France

> "Several people have lost their belongings because of the recent rains in our country.  It is raining every day.  The fields are flooded and the plantations are inundated with rainwater.  Climate change is harming the poorest.  The flooding has caused thirty deaths in the town of Kinshasa and some twenty families have been made homeless.  The facilities of the local water company (REGISDESO) in the muncipality of N'djili have been disrupted by the rains.  For at least three days, customers had neither water nor electricity in a large part of the capital Kinshasa.  Climate change is a reality that forces political leaders to take immediate decisions before they can count on aid from the international community."

Patrice M. ASCOVI - Democratic Republic of Congo

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