As we learn more about climate change, it’s becoming clearer that among its major causes are carbon emissions created by overuse of fossil fuels. The warming of the planet - though it may seem like minor temperature increases - has major effects on climate. Warmer, wetter weather, more severe droughts, more destructive storms and rising sea levels create widespread disruption for people who survive on the land.
This disruption often spreads far beyond the site of the initial changes. Displacement, overcrowding, regional disputes and violence, reduced access to fertile land and spreading food shortages are consequences of climate change we can already recognise.
World Vision is lobbying for urgent and wide-reaching action to reduce carbon emissions. At the same time, we are working to reduce the worst impacts of climate change in many communities that have already felt its devastating effects.
This was originally published on the 1st of September 2011.