Climate change is worsening an already unprecedented scarcity of resources, including water and arable land in some of the world's most volatile and impoverished regions. Environmental degradation most strongly impacts vulnerable communities, primarily because these places lack the coping mechanisms that normally protect lives and livelihoods.
Mercy Corps is committed to helping these communities address and adapt to environmental changes. Our programs increase access to clean energy, manage limited water supplies, and teach farmers to protect their land.
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Colombia: Video: Conserving the mangroves in Bocas Del Atrato May 14, 2010
See how we're helping an Afro-Colombian fishing community along Colombia's northern coast conserve mangrove forests that protect their homes, secure their livelihoods and sustain the region's biodiversity.
Putting aside the climate change debate March 31, 2010
I can still remember being recruited by my friend, Reena, for the “Save the Earth Club” in high school. My first activity was helping out at a community garden and learning more about the importance of respecting the environment.
In Rio, hot discussions about climate change and cities March 25, 2010
Wow — the heat! It might be hard to believe, but the Indonesian delegation (no stranger to hot and humid climates) has been melting this week.
Colombia: A marginalized culture moves closer to gaining its own power March 22, 2010
A micro-hydroelectric energy project is making a difference for one of Colombia's most isolated and marginalized ethnic groups.
Seminal moments in Copenhagen December 14, 2009
COP15 (UN Climate Change Conference) has had its peaks and troughs.
Climate change adaptation — making sense of the data maze December 14, 2009
Getting ready for REDD December 13, 2009
Nowadays you get wrist bands for everything. From Live-Aid to Breast Cancer, we pin our allegiances on ourselves like medals to demonstrate that we care, that we have hope or just to show that we are good citizens.
People — and worlds — converge in Copenhagen December 11, 2009
India: Gearing up for the climate change concert December 6, 2009
Hi everybody! While the upcoming Mercy Corps "Say It's Possible" Climate Change Concert with Terra Naomi is no ordinary concert, no concert would be complete without its posters and radio ads.
Copenhagen and beyond — your planet needs YOU! November 24, 2009
In the days before the United Nations Climate Change Conference — which will begin in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 7 — there are deflated feelings of anticipation.