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Rising temperatures, frequent floods and cyclones hit Bangladesh’s poor population annually

change already is being brought about in local communities. “Community action can build the resilience and stability of countries and their economies in response to ongoing changes in the climate,” the report says. “Through local sustainable development, working to improve and conserve the natural environment they live in, communities can improve food security and the livelihoods of millions of vulnerable people.”

Helping communities

Some of these initiatives are costly, others are remarkably cheap, but both are more efficient than paying to clean up countries later, experts say. “Helping people adapt is an issue of justice,” says Tearfund’s Sara Shaw. “Poor people didn’t cause climate change, but they are hit the hardest by it. We have a responsibility to help them adapt.” Arguably, a key place to do this is in Bangladesh, much of

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Development agencies are already hard at work helping local communities to adapt to the changes that are affecting them today and to prepare for the effects that will come in the future.

Poor people didn’t cause climate change, but they are hit the hardest by it

Juana Perez Gomes and Florentina Lemuz collect carnations at Las Hortensias nursery in Intibucás, Honduras. Local Christian agencies provide workers with practical, business and personal assistance.

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Profile for Evangelical Alliance

idea November / December 2009  

In this edition: 'It's a justice issue' , 'Simplify and strengthen Christmas', 'Talking about nativity', 'The Basics: Diversity of culture,...

idea November / December 2009  

In this edition: 'It's a justice issue' , 'Simplify and strengthen Christmas', 'Talking about nativity', 'The Basics: Diversity of culture,...