Cordaid is committed to building flourishing communities in fragile and conflict-affected areas. In addition to having to cope with a lack of peace and security, these communities are being forced to deal with increasingly frequent and more severe flooding, hurricanes and droughts. Natural disasters like these intensify the sense of hopelessness and fragility. They increase poverty, and exacerbate existing conflicts and social exclusion. That is why Cordaid advocates the principle of climate justice, and is working with communities in these areas to combat the adverse effects of climate change.
Our commitment to climate justice
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Climate change is a global issue that concerns us all but its causes and effects are unevenly spread. The people who are contributing least to cause climate change are suffering the most. They are the ones living in the most poverty stricken and fragile parts of the world. Confronted with natural hazards and disasters, they are bearing the brunt of the world’s most polluting economies – and with less means to respond and adapt to climate change.
The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor
Cordaid considers climate change not only an environmental problem, but also as a global humanitarian emergency and a matter of justice. In this vision we are inspired by Pope Francis’ insistence on “[hearing] both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”, and stand together with other members of Caritas Internationalis and the international alliance of Catholic development organizations, CIDSE, in our commitment to climate justice.
“A true ecological approach must hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”
Climate justice may be seen to comprise of two related aspects: First, it entails the moral responsibility to take care of our planet for the well-being of current and future generations. Secondly, it entails recognition of the principle that those who contribute most to global warming – i.e. the industrialized economies of the global North – should bear the burden of responsibility for measures to reduce carbon emissions, and the means to counteract the adverse effects of climate change.
Cordaid’s commitment to climate justice is expressed in our advocacy work with Caritas Internationalis and CIDSE, which has been campaigning for an ambitious, fair, and binding international agreement on climate since 2009.
It is reflected in our work, including joint work with the Dutch Partners for Resilience alliance, on viable climate adaptation and climate risk management strategies for vulnerable communities in disaster-prone areas.
And it is also expressed in the effort to reduce Cordaid’s own carbon footprint, and to compensate our carbon emissions by investing in sustainable climate projects. We also see it is our role to involve our constituency of more than 300,000 donors in our work, and inviting people to make sustainable lifestyle choices that help tackle climate change.