Stories of Climate Impacts
Our sisters and brothers in poverty are facing the worst impacts of climate change, and they are the ones who contributed the least to the climate crisis. That is why we call for “Climate Justice”. This video by Catholic Relief Services illustrates the point:
Pope Francis explains in Laudato Si’: “Many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry. They have no other financial activities or resources which can enable them to adapt to climate change or to face natural disasters, and their access to social services and protection is very limited. For example, changes in climate, to which animals and plants cannot adapt, lead them to migrate; this in turn affects the livelihood of the poor, who are then forced to leave their homes, with great uncertainty for their future and that of their children. There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation… Sadly, there is widespread indifference to such suffering, which is even now taking place throughout our world” (25).
The Pope then adds, “we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor“ (49).