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.
Colombia: One emergency after another in Colombia
In November, the Mayor's Office of Barranquilla requested Mercy Corps' support with a humanitarian response to the neighborhood of El Bosque that was affected by a landslide that brought down more than 300 households.
Colombia: Landslide — 8,635 families in Barranquilla affected
During a routine visit to one of our Disaster Prevention Pilot Projects in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia and a fast conversation with German Manota — the right-hand man of Barranquilla's Mayor — I was quickly introduced to the devastation that is currently occurring here.
Timor-Leste: Small disasters with no voice are important too
In Timor-Leste (East Timor), this year’s weather has caused more serious problems than ever encountered in living memory and beyond. The dry season was meant to start last March.
Alleviating energy poverty
Energy poverty and community-based energy solutions have been back in the news lately, and have been a focus of Mercy Corps’ programming for the last couple of years.
Colombia: Video: Conserving the mangroves in Bocas Del Atrato
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
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
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
A micro-hydroelectric energy project is making a difference for one of Colombia's most isolated and marginalized ethnic groups.
Climate change adaptation — making sense of the data maze
Getting ready for REDD
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.