Malawi is one of the countries in the world with very low carbon net emissions yet is amongst the world's most adversely affected by the effects of climate change. Malawi has experienced a number of adverse climatic hazards over the last several decades. The most serious have been dry spells, seasonal droughts, intense rainfall, riverine floods and flush floods. Some of these, especially droughts and floods, have increased in frequency, intensity and magnitude over the last two decades, and have adversely impacted on food and water security, water quality, energy and the sustainable livelihoods of rural communities.
Environmental pollution remains one of the worst environmental problems in Malawi responsible for a series of health hazards. CFJ therefore believes in environmental sanitation as one way of curbing this environmental ill, which is also in line with section five of the Environmental Management Act (1996) which stipulates that every citizen has a right to a clean and descent environment.
CFJ subscribes to the goal of the National Environmental Policy (NEP) which focuses on the promotion of sustainable social and economic development through sound management of the environment and natural resources. While there is recognition among various stakeholders in Malawi that our economy is highly dependent on natural resources and that if these are depleted or degraded, long term food security and sustainable economic growth will be seriously affected, there is little public understanding of environment issues; many people cannot link natural resources to their economic and social welfare.