The primary purpose of this unit is to help learners develop a deeper understanding of the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities in poor countries, and provide a framework in which to examine good practice mitigation and adaptation responses. The unit will explore questions such as: What impact is climate change having on the global poor? What implications does this have for the priorities and programmes Non Government Development Organisations (NGDOs) and their engagements with key stakeholders?
What are the reasons for continuing controversy regarding the realities of climate change within and beyond the Christian community? What are the implications of this controversy for faith-based NGDOs?.
During the learning process, learners will be introduced to a theoretical framework for care for the earth founded on relevant biblical perspectives. Learners will be exposed to the argument that action on climate change must be an integral dimension of the church’s work in dealing with poverty and injustice. Case studies of climate change action by NGDOs will be used to ensure that study is grounded in practical realities. The unit will also explore the role and responsibility of Christian NGDOs in the task of engaging the wider Christian community in the links between justice and climate change. Careful attention will be given to the impact of climate change on the world’s poorest nations of the economic policies of the world’s richest nations. In particular, careful attention will be given to likely impact of the increasing frequency and intensity of major weather events, and therefore to the increased need for disaster risk reduction.