How do environment and poverty cause poverty?

Topics & background informationClimate change and poverty

Not only people who make a living from agriculture are at risk of financial hardship due to climate change. Harvest failures and scarcity of resources are causing food prices to rise. Poor families in particular, who live in slums in large cities or informal settlements, have difficulties in getting enough food.

The population in low-lying coastal regions and on small islands are also exposed to the consequences of climate change. The rising sea level threatens more and more people to take their homes and livelihoods away. The problem in many poorer countries is that there are hardly any social protection systems that protect people. For example, insurance policies that take effect in the event of damage caused by natural disasters.

Joint task of the international community

Counteracting climate change is a major challenge. Energy generation, industry and agriculture, travel and consumer behavior, nutrition and housing construction: almost all areas of life have an impact on the climate and the environment.

If the international community fails to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the consequences will be dramatic: for global inequality, the situation of refugees, the extent of natural disasters. And that worldwide.

Despite the participation in numerous climate conferences and the promised support for poorer countries, almost all states have acted too hesitantly so far.