Climate Change and Poverty

Abstract Greenpeace talks to rural villagers in Sichuan and Guangdong province about the impact of extreme weather on their lives.  Over 95% of China’s impoverished rural populations live in areas vulnerable to floods, droughts, and other severe weather events. Climate change will only increase the occurrence and severity of weather events, which will damage villages and destroy crops, making it even more difficult for people to climb out of poverty. It is a tragic truth that those most vulnerable to climate change are also the world’s most impoverished. and a short video can be found here
Author Greenpeace China, Beijing, June 2009
1 Energy and Climate, 1.4 Climate Change and Environment