Climate Change & Resilience

The world is becoming a more turbulent place. Climate change is the single greatest threat, contributing to more extreme and unpredictable natural disasters, both large and small. At the same time, increased violent conflicts around the world are affecting more and more people. Both sudden shocks and slow onset changes and stresses erode the livelihoods of people living in poverty, undoing development gains made in the past. CARE aims to empower poor and marginalized people to take their own lives in their hands, therefore increasing resilience has to be a core part of how CARE works everywhere, emphasizing the impact of climate change at all levels and to build knowledge for global change through our Climate Change & Resilience programs.

Our approach for building resilience starts with strengthening poor people’s capacities to deal with shocks and stresses, manage risks, and transform their lives in response to new hazards and opportunities. Simultaneously, CARE seeks to address the underlying causes of vulnerability of different groups of people, and improve the social, economic and ecological systems and structures that support them. Building resilience goes beyond the ability to recover from shocks and includes addressing the context that makes people vulnerable. That is central to CARE’s approach on Climate Change & Resilience.

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A journey for a thousand smiles

Disasters wipe out development progress and are being exacerbated by climate change, population growth, ecosystem degradation, and uncontrolled economic development. The poorest and the most vulnerable people are the hardest impacted groups of people as they are the most exposed to hazards and least able...

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COP23 Closing Press Release

Many came to Bonn with expectations that COP23 — the first to be hosted by a small island developing country, Fiji — would bring stronger action to address the immediate needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. However, this was not the case....

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Press release: COP23

Leaders must put the needs of those disproportionately affected by climate change impacts – women and girls – firmly at the heart of talks during the 23rd annual UN climate summit (COP23), urges CARE International, the development and humanitarian organisation. With the UN climate talks,...

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CARE COP23 policy paper

Today, climate change already causes harm, loss and damage, notably amongst the poorest and most vulnerable people and nations on this planet who have contributed the least to the causes of the problem. Fiji, the COP23 presiding country, and many other Pacific islands and vulnerable...

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