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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Uganda: The resilence of children September 30, 2009
Today I learned about the true resilience of children.
No quick fix for climate change September 3, 2009
We all like the idea of quick fixes to big problems, but the wiser among us know they do not work. Big problems are complex and usually need an array of tools to come to the rescue.
Niger: Climate change and Niger August 31, 2009
Global warming is not only causing already-meager water supplies in the West African nation of Niger to dry up — it's also driving young men from drought-stricken rural areas in search of work to provide for their families.
Biodiesel in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina August 28, 2009
Tuzla long suffered from a reputation of being one of the most polluted cities in Bosnia, but an innovative initiative is helping reverse that label.
Copenhagen's chance to reduce poverty and improve human security August 11, 2009
The climate community is under increasing pressure to help the developing world, especially those at the “bottom of the pyramid.” The people who did the least to cause climate change will suffer its effects the most.
Indonesia: Urban fish tales August 6, 2009
Where there is water, men will fish. But I never imagined I'd see lines cast smack dab in the middle of Jakarta, a megapolitan city of at least 8.5 million people.
The 2009 Climate Conference: poverty reduction and human rights implications July 23, 2009
Indonesia: Addressing the Impact of Climate Change in Indonesian Slums July 22, 2009
DR Congo: Simple things can make the biggest difference in the DRC June 19, 2009
When asked by family or friends after a field visit, "How was your trip?" or "What's new in Africa?" I'm often guilty of giving oversimplified responses, though I realize our programs go way beyond "fine" and "interesting."
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 5 June 19, 2009
Today, at the last day of the Platform, I took advantage of a fascinating early session to understand what is being done about legal frameworks for disaster response.