Since the 19th century the earth’s climate system has been changing due to human industrial activities based on fossil fuels and energy-intensive lifestyles. Consequently slow onset changes and extreme weather events becoming more intense and frequent already impact all of us around the world, but endangering more the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable who have contributed the least to global warming. ACT Alliance EU fights this injustice and undertakes targeted lobby and advocacy work to eliminate the causes of climate change, to provide adequate support for building resilient societies and to promote sustainable solutions for a better development eradicating poverty in the long term.
Poor countries have the right to develop their societies and should be supported to do so. However the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere and natural system is so high that future development strategies cannot follow the same path as historical emitting countries. Carbon-intensive economic models are now part of history books and instead low-carbon development plans must be put in place which will allow us keeping global warming below its dangerous level and will benefit everyone to get out of poverty.