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.
Indonesia: Disaster risk reduction in Padang — not just earthquakes
Flying in to Padang to help our team with earthquake response, an aerial view makes it clear that earthquakes are not the only problem people have to deal with now or anticipate in the future.
Uganda: The resilence of children
Today I learned about the true resilience of children.
No quick fix for climate change
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
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
Copenhagen's chance to reduce poverty and improve human security
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
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
Indonesia: Addressing the Impact of Climate Change in Indonesian Slums
DR Congo: Simple things can make the biggest difference in the DRC
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."