The poorest countries of the world are being hit disproportionately hard by the extreme weather brought by climate change. Their people end up even poorer. It’s a very unjust situation.
Caritas works at the local level to help people to be prepared and to adapt to what is happening. It means increasing their defenses against heavy rains and floods, distributing drought resistant seeds and training farmers in the best agricultural techniques. Caritas also gives farmers energy efficient stoves to save on firewood and to reduce carbon emissions. It helps them build up and diversify their assets and to protect them in the face of more frequent crises.
Caritas also advocates on behalf of those most affected by climate change, calling for poor countries to be given financial and technical help. Caritas lobbies at high-level international meetings for more investment in disaster preparedness and for proper protection to people forced to migrate because of climate change.