Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Charities Issue Dire Warnings on Warming

A pair of dire warnings on climate change were issued today from two of the world's leading charities - Christian Aid and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The report from Christian Aid, titled Human Tide: The Real Migration Crisis, is predicting that forced migration due to global warming will result in more than a billion homeless people by 2050, while the WWF report, Climate Solutions, predicts that we have just 5 years to put in motion the actions and policies needed to avert catastrophic climate change.

The silver lining comes from the WWF report. According to their analysis, sustainable energy and technology can curb climate change and meet projected growth in demand for energy - but action is needed by 2012 to ensure success.

1 comment:

E. R. Dunhill said...

Odiyya,
I've been trying to figure out how to start getting Christians (particularly in my own community) to recognize the green mandate inherent in their faith. The problem I've been running into is one common to any established group, the attitude "but we've never done that before". It doesn't help that in our pathetically simplified political system, most people perceive, Environmentalist=Left, Christian=Right.
I increasingly see the poverty connection as the key. The poor stand to lose the most by allowing environmental problems to get worse, and stand the most to gain through basic environmental assistance.
In this scenario, improving the environment becomes serving the poor. Organized religion has a long history of charity of this sort. Thus, the other age-old group mentality "that's the way we've always done it" becomes a call to action. Thanks for posting on this.

-erd