From severe weather events to increased exposure to disease, the world is feeling the impacts of climate change. Its worst consequences fall increasingly on vulnerable communities, those who have contributed the least to the problem.
In countries where CWS works, changing weather patterns, increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, unpredictability of once-stable cultivating and harvesting patterns, damage to ecosystems and decreasing supplies of water have altered the environment in which families live and work. Challenges have escalated, and hard-won development gains have too often been eroded.
We are facing both a need and an opportunity to prepare for a sustainable future. With support from CWS, communities are finding innovative solutions to develop livelihoods, meet their needs and build new, durable infrastructure. Yet, even as we faithfully commit to doing our part, we recognize that these actions alone are not enough—this crisis requires a global response. Countries around the world must commit to an ambitious, equitable and binding global framework to address climate change.
U.S. Faith-Based Coalition Calls on World Bank to Take Climate Action in the Time of COVID
Washington, D.C. – A coalition of faith-based organizations in the United States will launch a campaign tomorrow in support of Big Shift, a global effort calling on the World Bank to end all support for fossil fuels and shift investment to renewable energy access in the time of COVID-19 and beyond. The World Bank continues to subsidize fossil fuels, which …
Youth activism already leading the way, and it was the big climate story of 2019
Towards the end of 2019, CWS interviewed Allen Ottaro to learn more about his work in mobilizing and organizing young environmental activists in Africa. Allen is the Executive Director of the Catholic Youth Network for Environment Sustainability for Africa. This continent-wide network of young people has for many years been involved in environmental protection activities, community based educational work, and …
Planting the (climate adaptive) seeds to success in Cambodia!
Em Kimsour, 38, lives in northern Cambodia. She has four children between 4 and 13 years old with her husband, Ros Samnang, 41. When we first met Kimsour and her family in 2017, they were struggling to make ends meet. They relied on subsistence farming and Kimsour’s earnings of less than $6 a day from selling rice porridge. Kimsour and …