Meet GenAdapt

Climate devastation is forcing a generation of women and girls to adapt to a new reality.

GenAdapt Zambia

Meet GenAdapt

Dealing with climate devastation

You’ve heard of Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z. Now, meet GenAdapt: a new generation of women and girls who are the first to have to adapt to a new tougher climate reality in order to survive and thrive.

It takes grit and ingenuity to deal with climate change. That’s what GenAdapt is doing. From witnessing glacial melt in Ecuador to enduring flooding in Bangladesh and drought in Kenya, they are experiencing dwindling resources and unpredictable weather. Despite being the least responsible for carbon emissions, they are at the forefront of navigating these changing conditions.

Meet Mamata

The harsh reality of climate change has unleashed devastating floods upon the village in Bangladesh where Mamata lives with her husband and two children.

“We are not responsible for the damages caused by climate change. I want to say to the world leaders – take measures so that we can survive the losses that are happening.”

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Mamta Begum Field

Meet Hanh

Climate change is making it more difficult and dangerous for Hanh, who lives in Lai Chau province, Vietnam, to get an education.

“My way to school is across mountains and hills. There is lots of water. I am afraid of a landslide.”

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Trang, Vietnam

Meet Perla

“If we take care of the earth, the earth will take care of us.”

Perla helps her mother to harvest their agro-ecological plot in the San Isidro community in Ecuador, which increases resilience against drought.

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Meet Phong

“The erratic weather reduces the yield of rice, affecting women’s lives. They have nothing to sell … no money to buy things for their children, support their schooling, or buy food for them.”

Phong has been learning how to adapt her farming techniques to climate change at an agroecology school, established by CARE in her community.

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Phong - Farmer

Climate change is sexist

As droughts, extreme weather, and temperature shifts disrupt livelihoods, women and girls face increased vulnerability to displacement and gender-based violence, and are shouldering more domestic and caregiving responsibilities.

Women collectively spend 16 million hours daily fetching water in 25 sub-Saharan African countries, compared to 6 million hours for men. That’s sexist. Simply put, there's no climate justice without gender justice.

Taking the voices of GenAdapt to COP28

We shared the voices of GenAdapt with world leaders at COP28. Together, we called for world leaders to commit to meaningful climate financing to reach women-led organisations, more women at decision-making tables when it comes to the issues that disproportionately affect them, and to take steps to reduce the worse impacts of climate change in future, though a rapid and fair transition away from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy.

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GenAdapt needs to be heard

As we confront a climate crisis that endangers our future, CARE is elevating the voices of those who are facing its harshest consequences. These voices belong to women and girls on the frontlines, working tirelessly for a just and equitable world.

Their expertise and leadership hold the key to weathering climate change's storms and creating a sustainable future for all. Show your solidarity with GenAdapt by sharing the stories of these remarkable women and girls.

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