Christian Aid are sponsoring the screening of a film about climate change at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow on Thursday 7 June 2012 at 7pm. The event is free but tickets are required. For booking information see the CCA web site here.
The poorest people are on the frontline of climate change. Their livelihoods are often dependent on subsistence agriculture and many such communities live in areas especially vulnerable to drought, high winds and rising sea levels. Climate change is adding further risk and unpredictability, as human activity exacerbates the problem.
Many scientists predict that with the current rate of global carbon emissions, about 30 million more people will go hungry in the next two decades as agricultural yields diminish, and between 1 and 3 billion people will suffer acute water shortages. If nothing is done to stem a rise of 2C in global average temperatures by 2050, 250 million people may be forced to leave their homes to seek food and water elsewhere.
Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America, with the poorest Bolivians being from indigenous groups. Yet while the carbon footprint of most Bolivians is tiny, they are already suffering from the effects of climate change.
In this film John Vidal reports from La Paz where Bolivians are living with the effects of climate change every day. Their president has called for an urgent 50% cut in emissions – action that is essential for the country’s survival
Join us for a screening of the documentary film followed by an expert panel discussion and Q&A exploring the issues of climate change and poverty.