Le père Salvador Urteaga Gutiérrez, consultant pour l’aide d’urgence chez Caritas Mexique, a partagé son expérience sur le changement climatique au Mexique lors de l’événement « Les organisations religieuses s’engagent en faveur de la justice climatique », organisé par Caritas Internationalis, ACT Alliance et le Conseil mondial des Eglises en marge du sommet de Cancun.
« Au Mexique, nous subissons de plus en plus de catastrophes naturelles en raison du changement climatique. Toute la côte atlantique du pays est à risque d’ouragans. La région de Tabasco a été frappée par de fortes inondations il y a deux ans. Un million de personnes risquaient d’être déplacées. Et l’état de Veracruz ainsi que trois autres états au nord-est du pays ont été ravagés par des ouragans. Continue reading
Martin Lago at the UNFCCC conference in Cancun
By Martin Lago, Climate Change Advisor for Caritas Spain and Haiti programme officer
The hope I have for this summit is that the developed countries will stick to their targets for funds on climate change adaptation. Developed countries have committed in Copenhagen to provide $100 billion in annual long-term financing by 2020 and $30 billion have been pledged for fast-start financing to address urgent adaptation and associated capacity-building needs in developing countries. Again, it is not enough to tackle the challenge that we face. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs estimated that $500-600 billion is needed in developing countries to adapt to the effects of climate change. But at least, these funds can be a start. Caritas in Haiti and in the Dominican Republic for example will apply for money out of these funds, we are working on the application at the moment. Continue reading
Samson Malesi Shivaji, National Livelihoods Coordinator at Caritas Kenya discusses with a community in Machakos a project to build a dam. Credit: Samson Malesi Shivaji/ Caritas Kenya
By Samson Malesi Shivaji, National Livelihoods Coordinator at Caritas Kenya
I work very closely with communities at the grassroots level on climate change adaptation and it is this African and Kenyan perspective I presented at a side event held by Caritas, the World Food Program, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Accra (African Climate Change Resilience Alliance). Our projects focus on climate change adaptation and capacity building.
At our pilot project bio-farm in Meru in Central-Eastern Kenya for example, we capture the livestock’s dung which is an important source of greenhouse gas emissions to channel it into a biogas production. The produced energy goes to 15 households that didn’t have access to electricity before. Then the manure, which is the remains of the biogas production system, is used as dung and therefore reduces the amount of fertilizers needed. We will now extend this project in Kenya. Continue reading
Inter-religious celebration during climate talks in Cancun. Credit Anne-Sophie Legge
By Anne -Sophie Legge, Cancun
English |Homily in Spanish |French
“We need a new alliance with creation that results in fraternity with all creatures”, said Msgr. Gustavo Rodríguez Vega, President of Caritas Mexico, at an interreligious celebration held on 4 December as side event to the Cancun climate summit.
The event was organised in cooperation with the World Council of Churches and brought together Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran and other religious leaders from different parts of the world.
“Brothers and sisters, we have come to Cancun not as prophets of calamities but as men and women of faith and hope. We know that a lot of skepticism persists about whether the representatives of our world’s nations will be able to conclude a binding agreement on the reduction of emissions causing climate change. (…) Those who govern us have a great responsibility when it comes to environmental targets: we call upon our Heads of State not to limit their discussions to defending productivity and competitiveness criteria but to place humanity at the centre,” said Msgr. Rodríguez Vega. Continue reading