The world is feeling the fallout from rising temperatures and changing climates. Disasters are getting stronger and more frequent. Droughts are lasting longer. Weather patterns are less predictable. Farming practices that were once stable are no longer effective. Smaller harvests leave families with less to eat and sell.
And as a result, families are struggling to earn a living or put food on the table. The people who are suffering the most are also the people who have contributed to the problem the least. The world’s poorest communities and countries did not produce the greenhouse gasses that science has proved cause climate change.
It's not too late to turn the tide of climate change, but we must act now. With your help, people all over the world are finding new ways to adapt and continue to earn a living. But this isn't enough. This crisis requires a global response. Governments must step up, and citizens must demand cleaner economies. We need to ensure that at risk communities have the supplies and resources they need to build resilience.
Working together to mitigate the toll of climate change in Indonesia
Most families in North Pakuli village in Indonesia make a living through agriculture. They primarily grow rice, but important secondary crops include corn, cocoa and coconut. There are two main rice harvests each year, and the other crops are harvested based on their respective growing seasons. This way of life has been under threat since September 2018. A massive earthquake …
Moving Towards Resilience: A Study of Climate Change, Adaption and Migration
This 2021 CWS study describes how people feel climate change in their daily lives in five countries where we work: Cambodia, Georgia, Haiti, Indonesia and Kenya. Many people are already using their limited resources to cope with climate change as best they can. We heard about how people want to be able to live safely where they are, and how …
The Diet-Climate Connection
This is a guest blog co-authored by CWS and the Center for a Livable Future. One of the least-discussed aspects of the global climate crisis is how our food system contributes to climate change and environmental damage. Growing, producing and transporting food, particularly animals, contribute nearly 25 percent of human-related greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, raising animals for meat produces more …