6-17 November 2017, Bonn

Climate change is happening now

It is having the greatest impact on the poorest, most vulnerable and those least responsible for the problem in the first place.

We know that climate change is already reversing many development gains. Because of climate change, achievements in reducing hunger have begun reversing - for the first time in history.

Climate change is warming the atmosphere and the oceans. Fuelling more extreme natural hazards which result in enormous disasters. This year alone we've seen huge storms in the Caribbean, fatal floods in South Asia and persistent drought in East Africa.

Fortunately, a solution to the problem exists.

However, finding funding and political will to address the problem has proven to be challenging.

Despite the fact that investment in climate action would benefit environment, society and business. 

Three pillars of climate change

Urgent climate action is needed.

In order to address climate change successfully, the global community needs to take action in three different levels.

The global community needs to:

1. Halt and reverse climate change (mitigation)
2. Support people and communities to adapt to the changes that are already happening (adaptation) 
3. Address the losses and damage that has already occurred (loss and damage).

Unless action is taken to address climate change at all three levels, developing countries will continue to see their development prospects - and lives - fundamentally threatened by the reality of climate crisis.

Climate change and technology

Technology has a central role to address climate change.

Appropriate, practical technologies support communities to respond to the threat of climate hazards. For example, by providing poor and vulnerable communities with early warning systems, communities are able to respond to natural hazards in a timely manner - reducing losses and enabling people to live with the hazards.

Technology can also help communities transform their livelihoods and enable them to thrive in the face of climate change.

Therefore, there’s an urgent need to mobilise the funding and technology transfer necessary to assist the poorest and vulnerable living in the least developed countries to respond to the climate change.

Find out more about our Climate Change work

Practical Action is committed to reduce the impact of climate change. We know that simple, practical solutions can help people to minise the ways in which floods, droughts and extreme weather affect their lives. Read more about our climate change work! 

Policy and Practice

Practical Action seeks to influence development policy and practice with and on behalf of vulnerable and marginalised communities, to build greater benefits for all. To find out more about our influencing work in relation to COP23, visit our Policy and Practice website.

Fiji's Vision for COP23

Read Colin McQuistan's thoughts about the climate negotiations as we are approaching the COP23. 

Practical Action at COP23 - Key dates and events

Agroecology: tranforming the global food system and combating climate change

November 6, 17.00 to 19.00 at Wissenschaftszentrum (WiZe), Room K1

Handling Climate Risk and Loss and Damage

November 7, 15.00 to 17.00 at GIE Interconnections zone

Pre-launch of book on Loss and Damage

November 9, 16.00 to 17.00 at UN University-EHS

Integrating energy access into low carbon planning to build inclusive and climate resilient economic development

November 10, 10.00 to 11.15 at Pandahub (WWF Pavilion)

Where next for 'Loss and Damage'? Working towards solutions for dealing with risks beyond adaptation

November 12, 10.45 to 11.45 at Fiji Pavilion


Practical Action team at COP23

We have a team of experts participating in the COP23.

Follow them on Twitter or approach them directly if you are participating in the event.

Colin McQuistan

Senior Policy and Practice Adviser, DRR and Climate Change, @ColinMcQuistan

Chris Henderson

Senior Policy and Practice Adviser, Agriculture, @Chris_P_Hen

Lili Ilieva

Climate Change Specialist, Peru

Afsari Begum

Programme Manager, Bangladesh

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