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The poor already have the fewest resources and least resilience to absorb shocks. Climate change threats to water and sanitation, food security, health, natural disaster response, and  gender equity will make overcoming today’s challenges even harder. The World Bank estimates that without action, climate change could push as many as 100 million people back into poverty by 2030.

Climate change disproportionately impacts the poor

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All climate change statistics taken from the following sources:

Aguilar, L. et al. (2009). “Training Manual on Gender and Climate Change.” Published by IUCN, UNDP and GGCA. San Jose: Costa Rica.

Hallegatte, Stephane, Mook Bangalore, Laura Bonzanigo, Marianne Fay, Tamaro Kane, Ulf Narloch, Julie Rozenberg, David Treguer, and Adrien Vogt-Schilb. 2016. “Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty.” Climate Change and Development Series. Washington, DC: World Bank. doi:10.1596/978-1-4648-0673-5. License: Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0 IGO

Rippey, P. (2012). Microfinance and climate change: Threats and opportunities. In Greening the Financial Sector(pp. 215-239). Berlin: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

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