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Poverty and Climate Change

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in Climate Change | 3 comments

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What is the connection between Poverty and Climate Change?

The connection is, that without Social (Human) Security no one cares about the environment or the abstract problems of Climate Change.

As Bertolt Brecht said in the Three Penny Opera: “First comes the stomach and than the moral!” (My own translation, any mistakes are mine.) A stance which is understandable. If one has not enough to feed one self or the family, one does not care about anything else.

The picture was taken in Tel Aviv/Israel, which is not one of the richest countries in the world but most certainly does not belong to the poorest countries. Still poverty is also there rampant, as it is in the rich countries of Europe or USA (of which I have only heard but not experienced myself).

How much worse is the situation in the so called so called 3.World? The area with the biggest population and the highest birth rate.

As the Negative Birthrate of the developed countries indicate there is a connection between social wealth and a low birth rate.

The conclusion is that much more efforts must be made to raise the standard of living throughout the world, so people will start to care about the environment and the Climate Change even when they are now poor!

The TOTEM as a means of starting the cycle of accumulating modest wealth and at the same time protecting the environment is the right facility.

Only poverty was the topic of this article but there is an even worse situation and that is famine. People starving in a big scale is a shame for global society in the 21. century and must be abolished immediately!

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  1. Eric

    Small island states and low-lying areas are the most at risk from natural disasters related to climate change given their limited options in terms of adaptation. Approximately 2 million peoples live in drylands, and most of the countries affected by desertification and drought are among the poorest and most marginalized in the world.

  2. Andrew Smith

    Modern energy technologies are available that can support win-win development options, addressing both global environmental protection and local development needs. These include modernised biomass, solar photovoltaics, wind, hydrogen and other renewable energy options. High-efficiency, super-clean carbon-based energy systems are part of win-win solutions.

  3. Mark Brown

    Developing countries, and the poorest people who live in them, are the most vulnerable to climate change. Yet it is also they who are most in need of expanded energy services to meet their growth and development needs. we need to help developing countries build the capacity needed both to adapt to the impacts of climate change and dramatically expand the reach of affordable, improved energy services to the 2 billion people who currently go without. As global citizens we cannot afford to wait to address these urgent issues.

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