Climate change and integral ecology
Policy and research
Evidence from CAFOD partners shows how the impacts of a changing climate – ranging from more extreme weather events to seasonal changes such as more persistent droughts - are making it more difficult for poor communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
Our analysis also highlights that 26 out of the 30 countries most vulnerable to natural disasters and a changing climate are least developed countries (LDCs). 44% of those people at highest risk are already living in extreme poverty.
Governments have agreed under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) a threshold of 2°C for global warming. However, CAFOD supports a lower defence line of 1.5°C, given that for many Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island States (SIS) this is a matter of survival.
Poorer countries - who are not responsible for causing the pollution driving climate change – must receive adequate and timely support (financing, technical assistance, technology transfer and capacity building) to build resilience to current and future impacts, as well as development paths that are greener and socially inclusive.
CAFOD works on the following policy areas: climate finance, the Green Climate Fund, ensuring social justice in greening economies.