Climate change is increasingly affecting everything that CARE does and poses a significant threat to our vision of a world of hope, tolerance and social justice where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security. That is why CARE must do all it can to ensure that all its actions are part of an urgent, effective and equitable response to climate change.
CARE is already very active in helping communities prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and has produced a range of learning tools based upon its experiences. CARE has also been lobbying governments and decision-makers through targeted advocacy for a number of years. From this work, it’s clear that CARE has a great deal to contribute to the global movement for climate action, namely:
- promoting gender-equitable responses to climate change; particularly approaches that empower women and girls and lead to gender transformative outcomes
- communicating the links between policy choices and action on climate change in the global North and South
- incorporating climate change across the spectrum from humanitarian assistance to long-term development;
- generating evidence from practical experience on the ground to feed into programme development and policy analysis and advocacy on climate change, both nationally and internationally
- making links between policy and action in the global North and South;
- building the capacity of local organisations in the global South to do all of the above.
CARE has a strong presence both in northern countries, where many of the root causes of climate change lie, and in southern countries, which suffer most of the impacts of climate change.
The international political response to climate change began with the adoption of the UNFCCC in 1992, which sets out a framework for action aimed at stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” The Convention, which entered into force on 21 March 1994, now has 195 parties. Each year the convention hosts a global meeting, known as a ‘COP’ (Conference Of Parties). Click on the links below to find out more about CARE’s policy positions, publications and activities at recent COP meetings…