Global Climate Change Crisis - CARE

Climate

We believe that everyone has the right to live on a healthy planet.

A side profile of three women standing in a row and standing tall while resting their hands on wooden farm tools. They are standing in a green field full of crops on a sunny day.

Our 2030 Goal: 25 million poor and marginalized people, particularly women and girls, have strengthened their resilience and adaptive capacities to the effects of climate change and are contributing to the energy transition.

The scale and the urgency of the global climate crisis demands an augmented effort by CARE to promote climate justice to tackle the gendered consequences of climate change and the drivers causing it.

CARE knows climate change exacerbates existing inequalities; it has a disproportionate impact on women and girls because of the roles and tasks that they are assigned and the discrimination they face. In the event of a disaster, the risk of death is higher among women and children than among men. However, women are also on the frontline when it comes to combating climate change, demanding justice and adapting to its consequences.

The climate crisis jeopardizes the benefits and progress already made in addressing the injustice of poverty and gender inequalities in communities where CARE works. It also increases the need to respond to ever more urgent humanitarian needs. This has tremendous impact on CARE’s efforts to overcome poverty and social injustice.

132

million

additional people may be pushed into poverty by climate change by 2030

It is estimated that climate change may push an additional 132 million people into poverty by 2030. Strengthening the resilience of the poorest and most marginalized people, especially women and girls, while building their capacities to adapt, becomes more pressing every day. At the same time, countries most responsible for causing changes to our climate must commit to a stronger, zero-carbon future.

This transition must lead us to climate justice. For CARE, this is about a future in which the poorest and most marginalized people have improved their wellbeing significantly and can enjoy their human rights due to increased resilience to climate change, increased equality, and a limited rise in global temperature. In order to achieve this, CARE will work on three interconnected pathways to change:

  1. Increased capacities and assets for people of all genders
  2. Progress through policies and actions by powerholders in the global north and the global south
  3. Strengthened collective voice and action of civil society, including social movements.