Climate change hits home
Global South Voices raise energy consumption alert
In parts of the world where people subsist on less than $1 per day, the poor are getting poorer because of climate change. A Global South Voices tour recently brought that message to Everence®.
Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube has seen the effects in Zimbabwe, where she is National Coordinator of Compassionate Development Service, an agency of the Brethren in Christ Church of Zimbabwe.
“Where I come from, 70 percent of the economy depends on agriculture,” said Ncube. Droughts used to be 10 years apart, then five years apart, and then three years. “Now we have three dry years and two years with very heavy rain” and flooding, she said.
Several factors hinder farming in Zimbabwe, but Ncube said climate change plays a major role. And she is convinced that energy consumption – especially in the Northern Hemisphere – is a major contributor to climate change.
The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, of which Everence is a strategic partner, arranged the Global South Voices speaking tour. The center is an initiative of Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College and Mennonite Central Committee.Praxis Mutual Funds®, the mutual fund family of Everence, has invested almost $100 million in bonds that fund solar and wind installations by utilities and governments, energy efficiency projects, green buildings, financing for electric vehicle sales, and other projects that mitigate the impacts of our changing climate.