COP Needs to Address How Vulnerable Areas Can Adapt to Global Warming They Didn't Cause

Jo-Ellen Parry, John Drexhage
Published: Wednesday, 11/23/2005 12:00 am EST

One of the most critical issues being addressed at Montreal will be adaptation, how vulnerable sectors and countries can best be prepared to address the increasing impacts of climate change. Adaptation addresses a core equity issue: those peoples least responsible for the global climate situation -- the lowest per capita users of carbon -- are often the ones to be immediately and significantly impacted by it. Whether it is the indigenous peoples of the North, the residents on small island states in the Pacific, or the rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa, they stand to be impacted to such an extent that their very livelihoods are at stake, and yet they contributed virtually nothing to the problem in the first place.

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