Poor families worldwide increasingly feel the impacts of climate change. They are seeing first-hand how unpredictable rainfall patterns cause water shortages, reduce harvests and exacerbate hunger. They are witnessing the effects of more extreme weather such as cyclones and hurricanes that destroy their homes, lives and incomes. And they have to cope with longer, more severe droughts which kill their livestock and threaten their crops.
Climate change is particularly impacting women and girls. Not only are more women injured or killed during hurricanes and floods, women and girls are often responsible for farming their fields and collecting water – which means they are increasingly affected by more extreme droughts or floods.
Adapting to climate change is about reducing people’s vulnerability. We help people in developing countries become more resilient to climate shocks. This includes helping women and men learn new farming techniques and protect themselves from recurring disasters. It also means securing people’s rights and access to valuable forest resources.
With the right knowledge and sufficient means, people are able to take the necessary steps to safeguard their own lives, incomes and futures. And by strengthening women’s voices, we ensure they have a stronger say in decisions that affect their lives.
Globally, we work to ensure that the rights of the poorest and most vulnerable people are heard at the international climate change negotiations. And we advocate for governments to put poor people’s concerns at the top of the agenda when planning national responses to climate change.
Recognising the importance of climate change impacts and the challenge they present to CARE’s work, we created the Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN), which links CARE’s team of climate experts to its front-line work on food security, water, disaster risk reduction and women’s empowerment.