Reversals in global carbon emissions have not been achieved and global temperatures keep rising. As the climate emergency grows, it is estimated that up to 132 million people will be pushed into poverty by 2030 as a result of climate change.
Although the climate emergency affects all of us, it has a disproportionate impact on the poorest and most marginalised groups, including women and girls. People who rely on biodiversity for survival are no longer able to produce food; people who can only afford basic shelter have their homes destroyed through repeated cyclones; people who don't have any insurance or savings must rebuild their lives from nothing after disasters.
Women have slower economic recovery compared to men and generally experience poorer health outcomes due to food insecurity, exhaustion, heat, and waterborne diseases.
What is CARE International doing to achieve climate justice?
CARE believes that everyone has the right to live on a healthy planet.
Through our GenAdapt campaign, we are raising the voices of the women and girls who are having to adapt to the new reality of climate devastation.
We also support people and communities on the frontlines of the climate emergency to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change. We plan and deliver projects that help people, especially women and girls, to adapt and become more resilient to climate shocks.
Through our advocacy work, we call for immediate action to tackle the climate emergency and ensure that the voices of the poorest and most vulnerable people are heard at international climate emergency negotiations.
As climate change brings ever extreme weather to Vanuatu, women are leading their communities to rebuild after disaster
We speak to Lina and Marie, two women from Vanuatu who have taken on roles as Shelter Focal Points to lead their communities in the recovery from Cyclones Judy and Kevin.
Climate change is sexist: World leaders must act at COP28
"We need the world's leaders to take action on climate change because it affects us all. Tomorrow may be too late.” - Josselyn, Ecuador
Meet GenAdapt: Phong’s story
Phong is a mother of three and a farmer in Vietnam. Extreme weather has led to crop loss, leaving her family with little income and not enough to eat - but she is finding ways to adapt to the impact of climate change.