Responses to Climate Change in developing world communities
AdaptationThe primary challenge in any developing world community is to improve their resilience and adaptive capacity to be able to cope with the impacts of climate change. The Sustainable Development Goals recognize that, to achieve this, any adaptation measures need to be consistent with achieving other goals. A community cannot improve its resilience while in poverty, without access to education or without addressing gender inequalities to ensure nobody gets left behind. In rural African communities, access to water is going to become an increasing challenge as drought becomes more prevalent. One of the ways in which communities can adapt is to reduce the demand at the very start of the process by using resources more efficiently. But droughts can dry supplies of drinking water and good infrastructure is needed to be able to provide help. This will enable governments and NGOs to properly access rural communities in need. You can help with this by contributing to The Missing Maps project.
How to develop sustainablyDuring the negotiations of the 2015 Paris agreement, India was initially resistant to reduce its reliance on coal. From a purely economic perspective, this makes sense – much of the economic growth of India is based on cheap coal and it is pivotal to ensuring the development of the country. However, India is moving towards renewable energy, recently pledging that renewables will account for 40% of energy generation by 2030. This highlights a number of moral dilemmas. How do developing countries progress economically, while at the same time replacing the fuel for their economic growth? Is it right that developed countries which expanded using ‘dirty’ fuels, deny developing countries the same privilege? Do developed countries have a moral obligation to help and support developing countries because of this? It all comes back to the sustainable development goals. By improving the quality of life for individuals in a developing country by alleviating hunger and poverty, this allows them to take action into their own hands. The IPCC hit the nail on the head in their 2007 publication:
On the one hand, climate change influences key natural and human living conditions and thereby also the basis for social and economic development, while on the other hand, society’s priorities on sustainable development influence both the GHG emissions that are causing climate change and the vulnerability. IPCC, 2007, Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change, 2.1.3.
financial resources provided to developing countries should enhance the implementation of their policies, strategies, regulations and action plans and their climate change actions with respect to both mitigation and adaptation to contribute to the achievement of the purpose of the Agreement.
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