4 Networking Volume 20, Issue 2, Spring Term 2019
Weather changes create poverty
By Madeline Woods, a CAFOD Step into the Gap volunteer based at Leeds Trinity University, who has just returned from a trip to Uganda.
As a Step into the Gap volunteer with CAFOD, I have had the opportunity to speak with lots of students at Leeds Trinity University about issues such as climate change. Many of them have been passionate about helping – pledging to change elements of their lifestyle to become more sustainable.
But all too often in the UK, climate change is seen as a faceless and abstract issue. Although we are aware of the issue, we are lucky enough not to have to face the serious and devastating reality of climate change on a daily basis. However, the tide may be turning even in this country. The impacts of climate change are becoming even more apparent on our doorstep – with last year seeing record soaring temperatures and an increasing number of floods.
For three weeks I travelled through Uganda with my fellow Step into the Gap volunteers. Throughout our time there we were privileged to meet with many people from different communities. Most of the people we met have benefited from water projects funded by CAFOD supporters across England and Wales.
In Uganda, climate change is more than just being about ‘save the polar bears’ or ‘ban plastics’ campaigns. For people in Uganda, climate change is the difference between life and death.
When the crops fail due to unpredictable changing weather patterns, it leaves people with nothing to eat. They have nothing to sell at the market to bring in some money for their family. The worst-case scenario is simple: famine.