Support the Coalition for Climate Justice
The Coalition for Climate Justice is an alliance of 4 sustainable development organisations – Women in Europe for a Common Future, Interface for Cycling Expertise, Global Forest Coalition and Friends of the Earth International – and their 264 partners in more than 65 developing countries
02.11.2010 |Chantal van den Bossche
Climate Change is hitting the poorest the most. Our local partners working in poor communities across the world see this happening everyday. When the draughts hit, it is the poor women farmers in Uganda who have nothing left when they loose their harvest, they have no savings to buy food and medicines. When the floods invade the villages in Afghanistan, it are the mud-huts of the poorest widows homes that collapse first, and with it, their small storage of rice for the winter months.
children from indigenous community of Cauca region, Colombia
They do not know how to survive as rice prices have increased 3-fold the last months. In Kyrgyzstan the terrible escalation of violence earlier this year was partly caused by social unrest about the 6-fold increase of energy prices, whereas many poor families already spent up to 30% of their available income on energy. Increasingly funds are becoming available to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. But these funds are not arriving in the poor communities, they are not accessible for widows and women-lead households.
The Coalition for Climate Justice is working hard to change this. We help poor women and men getting access to "free" renewable energy, access to bicycles. We help poor women and men with methods to harvest and conserve water and use climate resilient farming methods such as permaculture. We build capacity of local craftswomen and men to run small enterprises providing water and energy services, such as leasing of solar light as an alternative to kerosene lamps. We take part in the climate negotiations and propose changes to the criteria for climate funding, to make sure they become accessible for the most vulnerable groups, in particular women, indigenous peoples and urban poor.
The Coalition for Climate Justice is an alliance of 4 sustainable development organisations – Women in Europe for a Common Future, Interface for Cycling Expertise, Global Forest Coalition and Friends of the Earth International – and their 264 partners in more than 65 developing countries. As networks we support each other and promote fast learning amongst our partners. We need your support. Find out how you can help us here
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