These days, just mentioning the phrase ‘climate change’ often produces controversy. We all know that climate change is real and that it is a problem, but worldwide, most countries are doing little about it. However, regardless of what we do, or don’t do about it, it is here to stay.
Climate change involves the greenhouse effect, which has two main causes. The first is the burning of fossil fuels, which results in enormous amounts of greenhouse gas pollution. The second is the extensive clearing of forests perpetrated by both individuals and corporations. Both of these together cause gases to build up in the atmosphere and trap the sun’s rays; hence, the phrase ‘greenhouse’ effect. Climate change is real, and it is causing extremes in temperature and weather events.
Why Care About Climate Change?
Climate change also affects the issues of hunger and poverty, because the extreme weather events that are caused by climate change usually hit areas already impacted by poverty, such as underdeveloped, third-world countries. The results of climate change cause even more people to go hungry each year, and that is why organisations that wish to eliminate poverty often start with efforts to curb climate change. In fact, poorer countries tend to contribute very little to climate change but often suffer its most devastating effects.
Eliminating hunger and poverty often means reducing carbon emissions and assisting poorer countries in an effort to relieve these two maladies. Many wealthier countries, such as Australia, are concentrating their efforts in order to reduce climate change so they can also help reduce poverty and hunger.
How Does This Work?
Efforts by organisations such as Oxfam Australia climate change efforts are being noticed by many industrialised nations in the world. Their efforts to combat climate change are being hailed as an excellent first step in reducing carbon emissions and, therefore, helping to reduce poverty. Some of these organisations’ goals include:
The goal of reducing domestic emissions by at least 45% of the levels in 2000, by 2025; and by at least 65% by 2030
The goal of achieving zero emissions before the middle of the century, as well as the development of a plan to phase out the use of coal
The goal of increasing support to poorer countries, over time, to reach approximately $100bn a year by the year 2020
These may seem like hard to reach goals, but organisations that work on climate change consider them a necessity if we want to have cleaner air, a better climate, and less poverty on the earth.
How Do You Find These Organisations?
Non-profit organisations dedicated to eliminating climate change can be found online. Their websites give detailed descriptions of their goals and the work they are currently doing, as well as statistics on climate change and poverty, easy ways to make a donation to their cause, and how you can volunteer to help their organisation. Climate change’s effects are devastating, and there are many of these organisations brave enough and willing enough to reduce these effects and make the world a better place.