- 11 Oct, 2019
- Time: 12:20pm
- Locations: Mercure Brisbane
- Speaker: Luke Reade, Senior Policy Officer, QCOSS
Climate change has been identified as a serious future risk for volunteers, the individuals and groups they help, and the volunteer-involving organisations they support, particularly those working with vulnerable individuals, groups and communities. To be prepared, the volunteering sector needs to develop and implement a sector climate change adaption plan.
Luke will present on QCOSS' guidance on how to take social vulnerability into account in the development and review of adaptation plans, ensuring vulnerable groups voices, experiences, and aspirations are made central in any adaptation strategy.
Vulnerability to climate change is often thought about in terms of physical vulnerabilities, not in terms the underpinning social factors that determine the health and wellbeing impacts of these events, or the societal structures and decisions causing individuals and communities to experience or exacerbate social vulnerability. While low-income families and disadvantaged communities contribute the least to climate change, they are also most at risk of being impacted by climate change and climactic events are least able to respond effectively. They are also often not adequately considered or excluded from planning and climate adaptation processes. This guide aims to address this inequity. The guide itself as well as its development provides a valuable example, learnings and tool for the volunteering sector as we come to grips with this identified future challenge.