The effects of climate change are set to hit people living in poverty, those who have done the least to contribute to its causes, the hardest. Your donation can help communities to develop resilience against natural disasters by providing education around disaster risk reduction and environmental conservation.
Our changing climate has been linked to:
Your generosity can help to provide improved access to water, water management systems and sustainable farming training to build on their strengths and develop sustainable, environmentally-friendly jobs for remote and marginalised people.
improve water management systems to reduce water scarcity
respond quickly to emergencies caused by natural disasters
increase livelihood opportunities and loans to improve local income security
provide training and education about disaster risk reduction, ecology, and the environment
raise awareness around the effects of climate change and how to live more sustainably
provide sustainable farming training to increase food security
Indonesian habitats are declining - hear from Tati
Tati, a farmer living in a remote village deep within a rainforest in Indonesia, was struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living and her income was threatened by environmental degradation.
In recent years, communities like Tati's that depend on the native forests for their livelihoods have seen them shrink, along with vital habitats for endangered species like orangutans and tigers.
With the support of Caritas Australia and our local partners in Indonesia, Tati was able to participate in sustainable eco-tourism training. Now, she has increased her family's income and is able to protect the forest for future generations.
“I hope to continue living with fresh air, clear water, and protected forest,” Tati says.
Climate change predicted to displace millions
Over 216 million people could become internally displaced by 2050 unless the world takes decisive action now, according to the World Bank’s latest Groundswell report. This landmark report details, for the first time, a global picture of the potential scale of internal climate migration across six regions.
According to the report, without a concerted global effort to reduce global emissions and support sustainable development, Sub-Saharan Africa could have 86 million internal climate migrants by 2050; East Asia and the Pacific, 49 million; South Asia, 40 million; North Africa, 19 million; Latin America, 17 million; and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 5 million.
The World Bank says that several slow-onset impacts of climate change will drive this internal migration, including water scarcity, lower crop productivity, rising sea levels, more extreme weather events and a loss of land.
“The report is a stark reminder of the human toll of climate change, particularly on the world’s poorest countries — those who are contributing the least to its causes. It also clearly lays out a path for countries to address some of the key factors that are causing climate-driven migration.”
Environmental changes are set to hit the most vulnerable communities the hardest, so it is vital that countries make a concerted effort now, to minimise and reverse the damage. The report found that decisive collective action could help to reduce the number of people forced to migrate within their own countries by up to 80 per cent.
"If countries start now to reduce greenhouse gases, close development gaps, restore vital ecosystems, and help people adapt, internal climate migration could be reduced by up to 80 percent—to 44 million people by 2050," says Voegele.
You can support vulnerable communities to deal with the ongoing effects of environmental changes and natural disasters. Give generously today to help these communities to stand a fighting chance against the climate crisis.