Climate Change has a human face. Not only because we are responsible for creating this condition, but it is already affecting peoples lives in low laying countries. Climate Change is not some abstract debate over whether it is or isn’t real. The debate is long over, as it is impacting us now.
For example, take Ursula Rakova’s community in the Carteret Islands 86km north-east of Bougainville. She and her clan are loosing their way of life due to storm surges, erosion and rising sea levels. She will not be able to pass the island down to her children as her mother and grandmother have done so before her. This is because by the time her daughter grows up, the island will be uninhabitable.
This makes me sad, as I and others living a western lifestyle are mainly to blame for the plight bestowed upon her and many millions like her throughout the world.
Oxfam is running a series of weekly stories for the remainder of 2010, about communities throughout the globe grappling with the impacts of climate change. You can find the stories here at the Faces of climate change.
We can all do something about our personal emissions before it is too late, and while you are at it, let you local member how you feel about the slow progress by our governments regarding positive and prompt action to reduce our countries carbon emissions. It won’t hurt to try.