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Developing countries lose more and are damaged more. This is why developing countries have been continuously, tirelessly fighting for loss and damage in the climate negotiations. Meanwhile, developed countries like the United States, those who have caused the climate change we know today, have only evaded the topic.
The pope understands that climate change is a humanitarian crisis that threatens the entire human community, especially the poor and most vulnerable among us. This summer he will release an encyclical -- one of the highest forms of Catholic teachings -- on climate change. It is expected to link protecting the environment to fighting global inequality.
Planning and preventing pregnancy is not only a personal choice; it's a human right that saves lives, combats poverty, and helps to close the inequality gap. But more than that it's a crucial requirement for slowing population growth and, in turn, saving the planet from its greatest threat--climate change.
The Philippines is disaster-weary, hit year after year by typhoons on steroids, strengthened by climate change caused by the world's use of oil, coal and gas. These communities can ill afford the constant damage, but they are strong and proud, happy people. Their sense of community is heartening but also heartbreaking.