Adaptation and human development: looking at the climate crisis from the perspective of capabilities

By Carla Gomes

We have got used to seeing human development as some kind of ladder, where gradual improvement in quality of life is the only desirable and reasonable outcome. However, the unprecedented crisis of climate change threatens to hinder longstanding gains in poverty alleviation, health and food security, at worldwide level. The ‘climate emergency’ has a direct impact on the availability of resources, shrinking liveable territory and making it all the more challenging to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Looking at this problem through the lens of capabilities – our opportunities to lead a life we have reason to value – helps to clarify the multiple ways in which climate change hinders human development, or how the ‘blind spots’ of climate-related policies may reinforce existent vulnerabilities. Conversely, it unveils how our personal and social strengths, often less visible, can serve as adaptation capabilities.

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‘Corrida’ às terras aráveis: a perspectiva da justiça ambiental

Por Carla Gomes

A aquisição em larga escala de terras em países em desenvolvimento teve um aumento notório na última década, impulsionada pelas crises climáticas e do preço dos alimentos, bem como pela liberalização dos mercados. A tese “A justice approach to the African ‘land rush’: Investigating the social dynamics around agricultural investments in Mozambique”, que defendi na Universidade de East Anglia em 2017, em co-tutela com a Universidade de Lisboa, aborda esta problemática a partir de dois estudos de caso realizados em Moçambique, um dos países que mais têm atraído investidores estrangeiros. Continuar a ler