Climate Change

The Human Face of Climate Change

Climate change is about more than polar bears and butterflies – although we care about them, too!

Climate Change in the Highlands of Ecuador

CARE is helping rural communities in Ecuador's highlands adapt to the harshness of their changing climate with low-cost, sustainable techniques that have allowed them to once again nourish their families year-round.

Social Injustice

Climate change is one of the greatest social injustices in the world today – leaving the people who have the least to suffer the most.  

Climate change affects people in poverty all over the world.

Climate change affects people in poverty all over the world and threatens their very survival. During the past 30 years, disasters – including droughts, heat waves, floods, hurricanes and monsoons – have increased in frequency and intensity. People already suffering from poverty are greatly affected by these disasters, and they often do not have the resources to recover from them. CARE works to reduce the vulnerability of people to the risk of disasters and to help people adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Climate change’s effects on women and girls

Women often bare the brunt of poverty around the world, and climate change affects them especially. When access to necessary resources, such as water, food or cooking fuel, is limited, women are forced to work harder and longer to provide for their families. We see this time and again in hard-hit areas. In developing countries, more than two-thirds of women in the labor force work in agriculture. When resources are scarce due to retreating glaciers, changes in rainfall or a weather-related disaster, women’s livelihoods and the survival of their families is threatened.

When resources are scarce, girls suffer, too. Some girls may not be able to go to school because they’re spending time walking longer distances to gather wood or water; their families have less money to pay for their school fees; or they’re simply too hungry to attend.

CARE is dedicated to empowering women and girls around the world. Whether it is by ensuring girls get an education, helping families access safe water or teaching women how to earn an income to purchase food and cover their family’s basic needs, CARE is helping women and girls around the world cope with the effects of rising temperatures and a changing climate.

STEAL THESE STATS

Share the facts about climate change.

Steal These Stats2000 -‘09 was the hottest decade on record. #stealthesestats w/@CARE #climatechange
Steal These StatsEvery year, 120 million people are affected by tropical cyclones. #stealthesestats w/@CARE #climatechange
Steal These StatsAbout 6.9 billion will be living in severely stressed river basins by 2050. #stealthesestats w/@CARE
Steal These StatsGreenhouse gas emissions & CO2 rose up to 80% in 34 years. #stealthesestats w/@CARE #climatechange

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Forests For All

1.6 billion people depend on the forest for their daily survival. But the world is losing forest areas the size of Greece every year.

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Powerful Hands

CARE finds hope where those most vulnerable to climate impacts are not victims of climate change but agents of change.

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Hunger and Climate Change: A Double Injustice

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