The world’s poorest people are being hit hardest by climate extremes. Typhoons and floods destroy entire communities, damaging homes and property. Drought, erratic rainfall, or unpredictable growing seasons lead to smaller harvests, or no harvests at all--leaving millions hungry.
“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” asks Pope Francis in his first encyclical, as he offers a positive plan to tackle climate change, inequality, poverty and exclusion.
Caritas is excited about the arrival of the encyclical. The theme chosen by our confederation to guide our work for the next four years is One Human Family, Caring for Creation. It lays the path for defending human dignity, building a peaceful coexistence between peoples and for safeguarding and caring for creation.
A major independent survey of Caritas groups around the world points to the best way to end hunger – help small farmers, especially as they try to adapt to the changing climate.
Cardinal Turkson spoke about some of the most far-reaching changes facing the world today, looking at trends in climate change and its huge effect on human development, especially the poor who suffer the most from the consequences of climate change.
Alba Marina and her fellow women farmers are the winners of the "Women, Sowers of Development" award given by Voices of Faith and Caritas Internationalis. In March 2015, Alba Marina traveled to Rome, Italy, to accept the prize on behalf of her community.