Climate change is another complementary subject and undoubtedly a current trend.  The beyond 2015 agenda recognized the poor integration between environment and development and stressed the forward need to transform economies through sustainable development. The international community has materialized this idea consecrating the influential Sustainable Development Goals and most recently in December 2015 made an historical step at the Paris Climate conference, adopting the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. An agreement endorsed by 195 countries sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. To enter into force only in 2020 it will definitely guide the international agenda in years to come. But a trend is not set only by endorsing treaties and goals at the high level, indeed for years climate change was a recognized need but with very low spectrum at the micro-level albeit the macro demarches. The novelty is that climate change has finally soaped in people`s mind as a way of living and even as a fashionable life style. Green culture and agro-ecology is promoting a flourishing inspiration for innovative solutions such as ecological foot washing machines or self-recycling shoes that grow or trendy portable shelters. This is also a precious opportunity to transform poor into an ecological instrument. Indeed the deprivation associated with extreme poverty leads to persistent predatory behaviour towards resources that become continuously scarce. From one side poor are too depending on deteriorating oceans, forest and soils and from the other side are deeply affected by natural disasters.

CaravansSo there is a great potential to bring the idea of recycling or food-waste management into poor daily lives or promote other innovative solutions such as the production of home-made detergent, eco-shelters, etc.

plastic pollution

Furthermore climate change can and will be formulated as a poverty reduction opportunity for example by using plastic cleaning pollution as a second coping strategy for fisherman.

In the future by merging climate change into the terms of reference of poverty reduction policies ending poverty will ultimately mean to tackle environmental challenges. Achieving prosperity will result from the transformative power of small change, as Gandhi once said: “Live simply so that others can simply live.”


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