Stories of hope

Caritas Australia is privileged to share stories of people on the front lines of climate change.

These are stories of resilience, innovation and dignity from the communities we work with in some of the regions most threatened by climate change.  Share these inspiring stories with your family, friends and community.

Rowan Foley of the Aboriginal Carbon Fund

Caring for country, caring for climate

"You can look after country, and it can be economically viable. It’s a realisation of a dream.”

Rowan Foley, from the Wondunna clan of the Badtjala people and inaugural General Manager of the Aboriginal Carbon Fund, talks about how carbon farming is creating sustainable economies on rural and remote Aboriginal lands, employing local people, and improving the environment.

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Gloria's story: a climate of resilience

"I saw life with dignity being restored: happy mothers with healthy babies, men continuing house construction, and children running home from school. ...Communities are finding the strength to rebuild with help from one another.”

Gloria proudly shows us her new home. Now she is confident about her family's future: "We have established disaster preparedness committees for the future and an early warning system. I have a disaster plan for my family, and will follow the village captain's instructions. We feel like we are typhoon resilient."

Read Gloria's story: a climate of resilience

Rusi from Fiji next to the seawall

Rusi's story: turning the tide

"“This is our home and our way of life” says Rusi. “We will continue to make our home safe for as long as we can.””

Caritas Australia’s partner organisation, People’s Community Network, is working with the Nukui community to extend the sea wall and strengthen emergency preparedness in this cyclone- and tsunami-vulnerable community.

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Martina teaches children how to prepare and respond safely to natural disasters when they occur in the Solomon Islands

Singing for safety

"Now our children and their parents know what to do, they are more confident. Singing has given them hope that when the floods come, everything will be okay."

A program promoting safe behaviours for children during natural disasters. Nursery rhymes and other popular rhymes are adapted to break down the fear associated with natural disasters.

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Gusto from Bangladesh

Farming for the future

"The community [is] now getting encouragement and motivation on organic farming, climate resilience agricultural production and climate adaptive technology from Gosto Gopal.”

Gosto supports people in his community through training and help with understanding farming technology. He also plays a leadership role on the village’s school and social festival committees.

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Download these case studies in printer-friendly format

Rowan (Australia), Gosto (Bangladesh) and Martina (Solomon Islands) stories are available in printer-friendly format in our booklet Our Common Home: Facing climate change together

Gloria (Philippines), Rusi (Fiji), Mugendi (Kenya) and Inocencio (Timor-Leste) stories are available in printer-friendly format in our Spring 2015 Caritas News.

Our Common Home: facing climate change together, (PDF, 2.9MB)