Climate Change: A threat to equality ? implications for the Community Sector

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Community Workers Co-operative | Free but numbers strictly limited | Prior booking essential: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Community Workers’ Co-operative, First Floor, Unit 4, Tuam Road Centre, Tuam Road, Galway | Phone 091 779030 on or before 20th February

The CWC has initiated a project to produce a Strategy Guide on Climate Change for community and voluntary organisations to support and encourage them to respond to climate change. Tadhg O’Mahony and Aodhán MacPháidín, who are highly qualified in this area, are leading the project on behalf of CWC. To inform this work, participative workshops will be held in three regional locations. Using the scenarios approach to look into the future, these workshops will allow participants to become aware of the issues that may arise for them and decide how they could respond given their own capacity and needs. Regional workshops will be held on the following dates from 12pm to 4pm (to facilitate those travelling):

March 6th, 2009 – Cork Volunteer Centre, 2a Coburg St, Cork

March 13th, 2009 – Menlo Park Hotel, Headford Road, Galway

March 20th, 2009 – Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, D1 

The sector is gearing up in other countries to respond to the issue. This is the opportunity for you and yourcommunity to become involved. The future starts here.

Get involved, use this opportunity to further the aims of your community!!!

This project is funded by EPA STRIVE 2007-2013

The CWC would encourage as many people as possible to participate in these workshops. We appreciate that it will mean that some people will have to travel but this is an issue that community workers and the community sector needs to engage with.  Information to inform participation will be sent before the workshops – so please book!!!!!!!!

Climate change has significant social and economic implications, particularly for the poor and the marginalised.Some see it as ‘just an environmental issue’. Those in the community sector are now becoming aware that this is no longer true. Equality, human rights, and environmental issues are co-dependent and there is an issue in relation to environmental justice that we must begin to engage with. Soaring costs and increasing scarcity of basic resources has the potential to undo the community sectors progress towards equality, equity and poverty eradication. People living in poverty, those disadvantaged and marginalised are being, and will continue to be, disproportionately affected by climate change. Awareness, analysis, and empowerment are crucial in order for the community sector to tackle these challenges effectively.

"The poorest of the poor in the world - and this includes poor people in prosperous societies - are going to be the worst hit. People who are poor are least able to adapt to climate change.”

- Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, lead scientist with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change