Socio Economic Research and Analysis (SERA)

The unjust climate

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Why is the climate unjust ?  

While climate change is a global crisis, its effects on countries, people and communities are highly unequal. Those who have contributed the least to climate change bear the most burden, experiencing its severest impacts and lacking access to the resources, services and opportunities needed to adapt and survive. The impact of climate change wears a human face: rural women, youth, and people living in poverty.  

Climate change not only exposes social and economic inequalities between people and communities, but it also perpetuates and exacerbates them. To address this issue, people must be at the heart of the debate. However, evidence on the distinct vulnerabilities of rural people, and how these vary based on a person’s wealth status, gender, and age, are scare.

Measuring the impacts of climate change on rural poor, women, and youth 

FAO has produced a groundbreaking report: “The unjust climate. Measuring the impacts of climate change on rural poor, women, and youth”. It shows how climate change differently affects people, especially in rural areas . The report is based on over 109,000 households in 24 countries in 5 regions of the world, and 70 years of geo-referenced rainfall and temperature data.

The Unjust Climate