Practical Action will attend three key events in Latin America this October that will contribute to the discussion and decisions to be made at COP28. We’ll share our experience centring community participation and leadership to address climate change, poverty, and inequality.
Join us at the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week, the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds Congress and the Global Development Conference on Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.
Leaving a trail of significant impacts across Latin America, the repercussions of climate change are rapidly unfolding. The increasing frequency and severity of floods, fires, droughts, and other extreme events cast a long shadow over the region’s resilience. The first quarter of 2023 alone has seen Latin America grappling with an array of climatic extremes, including heatwaves and droughts in the Amazon Forest, the destructive forces of Cyclone Yaku alongside heavy rains and mudslides in Peru and Ecuador, increasing wildfires in Bolivia, among others.
Experts assert that these occurrences are not isolated incidents but rather part of a concerning trend exacerbated by the broader impact of the global rise in temperatures. The effects are felt on multiple fronts, with severe implications for food and water security, human health, and livelihoods. Still, it is especially felt by those who, because of their vulnerability, are less prepared to cope, such as indigenous communities and women. As Latin America navigates the brunt of these impacts, the need for immediate and decisive climate action becomes more apparent.
Working together to create a thriving future
Latin America faces growing pressures, where climate change is intertwined with the region’s ongoing struggles with poverty and inequality. To build a sustainable and resilient future, the need for collaborative efforts to address these challenges is urgent. So far, these have taken the form of the promotion of nature-based solutions as well as climate change policies such as a halt to deforestation. The key challenge is that too many of these are small-scale initiatives that don’t translate into action due to a lack of resources.
But the complexity of the issue requires a bolder response. Efforts and funding are primarily directed to mitigation to achieve the region’s climate commitments. As countries with high vulnerability to climate impacts, adaptation and the opportunities it can bring must have a greater focus.
We’ll advocate for community-driven solutions at the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week, the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds Congress and the Global Development Conference on Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. Contributing to the countries’ national efforts and plans, these initiatives have already proven to transform systems, empowering people to cope with environmental and economic challenges and flourish.
Join us in this crucial time for decisive action and explore the impactful projects redefining pathways throughout Latin America.
What needs to change to address the future strategically?
As Latin America grapples with the escalating impacts of climate change, the need for urgent action is clear. The interconnected challenges of extreme climate events, poverty, and inequality require a united front from governments, civil society, businesses, and individuals. At this crucial time, Latin America requires a collective commitment to an environmentally sustainable and socially just future.
As these events and COP28 approach, we have a clear message to share in the words of E.F. Schumacher, our founder: “To talk about the future is useful only if it leads to action now”. This motivates us to continue advocating for action that brings about a future full of equal, resilient and thriving opportunities for all. And we trust we can count on you to achieve it.
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