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: 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."
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 5
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.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 4
It is always nice when things you are really interested in come together. Today, on day 4 of the Global Platform, two topics that came together for me were Sphere and disaster risk reduction.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 3
It seems that the second full day of a conference generates more substantive discussion and thought than the first day, and this was certainly the case at the Global Platform today.
How Much to Offset Your Carbon?
How much would it cost to offset the carbon emissions from your transportation and travel? Here are a few suggested numbers for you to pinpoint a donation amount.
United States: Leading Businesses, Cities and Non-Profits Join "Together" to Fight Climate Change
Ethiopia: Turning Trash into Cash
As a single mother with a 13-year-old son, Tafessu Jiru doesn't have a lot of kitchen scraps coming from her household. Most everything is put to prudent use.