Climate change and the community sector: a new report

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People experiencing poverty and inequality will be affected first and worst by the impacts of climate change. The Extreme Weather, Climate Change and the Community Sector – Risks and Adaptations project examined the relationship between physical and social infrastructure (in the form of CSO service provision. Major findings include that community sector organisations are not prepared to respond to climate change events with many small and medium organisations at risk of permanent closure – for example, one week after an extreme weather event, 50% of organisations that sustain damage to premises would still be out of operation. This has implications for people experiencing poverty and other social issues, as these organisations act as shock absorbers for every day needs as well as crises. The full report is available here.