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Policy and Advocacy
Posted by: Laura Bellinger at 11:40AM EST on April 22, 2010
by Dr. Helene Gayle, CARE president and CEO
Climate change has the potential to wipe out the last 25 years of development gains in some parts of the world. As the number of natural disasters has doubled within the last 20 years, the world's poorest people are already experiencing the effects of climate change. More than 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty on less than $1 a day, and 70 percent of these people are girls and women.
Climate change acts as a multiplier of existing threats to food security, education, health, natural resources and the day-to-day struggle for survival. Greenhouse gas emissions create more extreme weather patterns, shift seasons and change the amount of rainfall and average temperatures, causing crops to fail and water supplies to dry up or run over.
CARE has worked on climate change for decades and is helping lead the charge with one of the largest adaptation programs in the world. We have a three part approach:
Unless action is taken now to help the most vulnerable people adapt to climate change impacts, it will not be possible to ensure the food security of a growing (and migrating) world population.
We must – and can – do more.
Here's what you can do to help:
Posted by: Deesha Dyer at 4:36PM EST on February 5, 2010
We’ve seen the images, heard the statistics and given what monetary donations we can. We’ve spent nights on our knees praying, days filled with thoughts, and minutes counting our blessings.
Posted by: Abdul-Razak Saeed at 12:18PM EST on December 7, 2009
The much awaited COP 15 in Copenhagen, Denmark is finally here and from today, Monday 7th December till Friday 18th December, the world will witness with full stare the commitment of our leaders…better still If I may borrow the words of Connie Hedegaard, whether our leaders are ready to “move the world from an era of talk to an era of change”.
Since the inter-sessional climate talks in Bangkok, I have seen increased interest by Africa and for that matter my country Ghana, in the governance of climate change. Ghana government and other NGOs in Ghana such as Friends of the Earth, Civic Response and SEND Ghana have expressed the need to pressure the developed countries to take on emission reduction commitments that are required to avoid dangerous anthropogenic climate change that threatens the survival of humans as a species.
Over the past couple of months, my government has undertaken what one may call necessary baby steps in the governance of climate change especially in the vein of having a participatory climate change governance system in-country. The genesis of this participatory process has involved information sharing on the issues of climate change and subsequent discussions to pick up from the Ghanaian citizenry their ideas on addressing climate change. Workshops and seminars have been held for variant citizenry groups such as NGOs, traditional authorities and media. The culmination of all these workshops was a national forum held on 2nd December that informed citizens the position that Ghana was taking to COP 15. Among other things, the main highlight from the national forum was that Ghana along with the other countries of the African Group was going to COP 15 to ask for the developed countries to take on emission reductions of at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2020.
Coming from a country that is experiencing impacts of climate change and may experience worse, I am hoping that developing countries can actually make the Annex 1 countries especially USA to feel the heat for the need to take action. It is a welcome thought that Presidents and Prime ministers of certain countries will be present at the COP 15 but let us hope that they do more good than harm; it is either they are instrumental in helping come out with a good legally binding deal or by their presence, rather draw attention to themselves and let focus be lost in the negotiations and thus they delay the process.
We all know how great an orator President Barack Obama is, and I for one am worried that USA may be playing the “Obama-mania” card with his Excellency’s presence at the COP. Serious negotiations under COP 15 may become arrested due to the presence of “Pollywood celebrities” such as his Excellency President Obama. For those of us from developing countries, the possibility of this stunt spells double doom as a USA is not prepared to take on serious commitments and may by this act delay what the negotiations could achieve.
I am not familiar with the USA system of governance but it is interesting to note that when it comes to Climate change negotiations, the President declares his inability to contribute anything concrete until a bill is passed through the senate; however, when about 30,000 soldiers had to be sent to Afghanistan, there was no waiting for the senate to decide, the President just announced it…this leaves me to wonder, how devastating does USA want Climate change and its impacts to become before they get serious?
As a working partner of the CARE “Southern Voices Project”, I am by this asking the developing country delegates and negotiators to pressure the developed countries to take on deep emission reduction commitments and also asking the Annex 1 countries especially USA to “STEP IT UP”…if greenhouse gas emissions continue, it is not Mother Earth who will die but rather the human race who will as Mother Earth adjusts other components in her system in accordance with the GHG concentration in the atmosphere to ensure a balance.
We owe it to the generation yet unborn to save our climate …we can, so we must!!!
Posted by: suvas chandra devkota at 1:20AM EST on November 23, 2009
Livelihood of Poor: A CENTRE AGENDA OF Climate Change Talk
Climate change is not only a debate among the sellers and buyers of CO2. It is the related to the livelihood of poor and marginalized people which are under the risk situation as the impacts of the climate change.d
The affects of the climate change can observed around the world, however the poor, marginalized people of the poor world are adversely suffering. The developed and industrialized countries those are liable and responsible for climate change should honest, accountable to address the impacts also.
The impacts of the climate change are observed elsewhere. Occurring of drought, flood and unpredictable rain fall patterns have adversely influenced on biodiversity, plants’ habitats and habits including agricultural activities in local level. Numbers of evidences are noted as the impacts of climate change in local level, such as: change in vegetation pattern, habitat expansion of crops and species, and loss of biodiversity (some valuable species). These have big implications to the livelihood system of the local communities especially poor and marginalized groups. Resulted is that women and children under poor, marginalized group are more vulnerable and in risk conditions. The situation is being worst and unpredictable. Every year hundreds of people are suffering, due to the exposure of vector-borne diseases like; as malaria, diarrhea, cholera and hunger. Likewise thousands of people are displaced as the flood and landslide victims in the country.
The negotiations process of the climate change is still uncertain and unpredictable. To address and response of current vulnerabilities therefore, has become an urgent need. I think livelihood of the poor vulnerable communities should be a center theme for making strategies and measures to cope the impacts of climate change as they are likely to become more prevalent.
Communities are trying to response to address the threats of climate change in local level based on practical experiences and knowledge. But these initiations are not adequate to address the magnitude of climate change threats. Therefore need base technology is an important to minimize the effects of the climate change and to develop the appropriate technology and capacity enhancement of the people are also crucial issues to address the results and impacts of the climate change.
On this context, the developed nations who are more responsible to debasing the climate should pay more attention and priority on livelihood of the poor people of the poor world during the of climate change talks.
Posted by: CARE at 1:55PM EST on June 11, 2009
We are parents who hold our children on our lap while listening to conference calls about the latest developments in fighting poverty. We are individuals who hold corporate jobs and sneak to an empty cubicle to call our politicians on pending humanitarian issues being voted on in Congress that day. We are students, who arrange to be absent from class for 2 days so we can travel to DC on our own dime to attend the CARE National Conference and lobby with our officials about hunger and gender-based violence. We are retirees that use our free time to meet with Senators in our home district to make sure they know that their constituents want action for the mother in India, Africa and Asia who has to choose which child to feed that night.
Yesterday, Congress passed H.R. 2410, a bill that includes authorization for an Office for Global Women's Issues. The Prevention of Child Marriage provisions, also provisions for Food Security are included in that bill. These are the issues which CARE advocates took to Washington, DC last month.
Yesterday, I felt a personal connected to this legislation. It could be because I’m a CARE advocate or maybe because I'm a woman, but I think it is because I am human.
Thank you fellow volunteer CARE advocates for leading these double lives. The joy of yesterday happened in part – because of you.
Posted by: CARE at 1:30PM EST on May 8, 2009
There's so much to say about the importance of advocating for women and girls around the world who don't have the power to speak up for themselves. There's so much to be said for hundreds of people who, despite a rampant economic crisis, set aside time and money to travel and stand up on behalf of those girls and their communities. But what you don't expect from attending this conference is the impact it will have on you, as an advocate.... (more)
Posted by: CARE at 6:06PM EST on May 6, 2009
For us advocates, one of the biggest pleasures of working with CARE is being able to learn about the work being done on the ground around the world. The "Voices from the Field" session moderated by CARE COO Steve Hollingworth brought together members of CARE's teams from Peru, Kenya, Bangladesh and the Caribbean for a lively discussion about what is and what is not working in CARE's country programs.... (more)
Posted by: CARE at 5:01PM EST on May 5, 2009
At the CARE National Conference in Washington, DC, many important workshops have been set up for participants to learn how to become better advocates for the world’s poorest people.... (more)
Posted by: CARE at 4:55PM EST on May 5, 2009
When I told my friends this weekend that I was taking 2 days off work to fly to DC this week for the CARE National Conference, they were kind of shocked. Well, not completely shocked; the theme of this event is totally something I would want to be a part of, but I had been complaining lately that I had so much material to cover with my high school students before the end of the year.... (more)
Posted by: CARE at 4:53PM EST on May 5, 2009
I just sat through an info-session on the need to update US Foreign Assistance at the CARE National Convention. The speakers from Oxfam, Women Thrive Worldwide, and the Center for Global Development were energetic, informative and quite intriguing.... (more)
Posted by: CARE at 1:15PM EST on May 5, 2009
Care National Conference kicked off this morning with a call to action. Susan Crown, board member, welcomed over 600 participants, the largest group ever assembled, representing 40 states and 250 congressional districts.
These extraordinary times and the state of the financial crisis brings into focus just how interconnected our world really is. Helene Gayle noted that people have a tendency to focus inward during these times of crisis, but our assembly in the nation’s capital emphasizes the important of global poverty during these times.
Tomorrow the while we are connecting with our Congressional Leaders on Capital hill, hundreds of thousands of others will be connecting with their congressional leaders via phone call and email. Our many voices coming together in one movement to elevate global poverty on the US Agenda, the electricity and enthusiasm here is infectious.