There is a deep injustice in the impact of climate change. Poor communities around the world are the least responsible for emissions. But they are suffering the greatest effects – increased droughts, floods, disease and hunger. Poverty and isolation makes them the most vulnerable and the least able to adapt. Within poor communities, women suffer the most.
Oxfam takes a unique approach to fostering change and development in communities in the global South by encouraging the participation and innovation of all citizens, especially women. Living with the effects of climate change is one of the most significant problems these people face. Lorena Aguilar of the International Union for Conservation of Nature describes Oxfam’s role in helping citizens of developing countries adapt to a warming world.
Oxfam encourages the Canadian government to commit money to adaptation strategies that:
- include gender-sensitive interventions
- are integrated into long term development strategies at the national level;
- prioritize the most vulnerable group: ethnic minorities and indigenous communities, women, disabled people and children;
- build on local and indigenous knowledge;
- are funded in addition to the 0.7% of national income pledged to foreign aid.