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Our Anglican partners are equipped to respond to disaster and climate change, and are implementing effective disaster risk reduction strategies.
Poor communities are vulnerable to disasters and the impact of changing climates, particularly in the Pacific. We work closely with experienced church-based partners who have significant capacity and resources, to leverage the momentum to benefit communities in the Pacific, better equip
our Anglican partners, and address the challenges of climate change.
“Churches respond to disasters before, during and long after. They offer not only spiritual comfort and solidarity, but also sustainability and accountability … Churches respond spontaneously, quickly and instinctively. There is much that can be done to prepare for and mitigate the impact of
[disasters]. There are specific opportunities for churches to build on their experiences and formalize good practices.”
– Episcopal Relief and Development
What we are doing
With the reality of a changing climate, disasters are becoming a more common occurrence, and it is the poor people of the world who are inevitably impacted the most.
Currently we are responding through our partners to emergencies in East Africa and Syria.
We operate a Rapid Response Emergency Fund which allows us to respond immediately when disasters strike around the world. Any donations to the Fund will either be sent directly to our partners if we work in the affected area or we will join with the ACT Alliance or CAN DO, using their networks to provide basic necessities such as food, safe drinking water, shelter, and good hygiene practice.
Get the Facts
- Global emissions of carbon dioxide have increased by over 50% since 1990.
- Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).
- Fish catches in the north-east Atlantic and the Sea of Japan have declined by up to 35% since 1930 due to ocean warming.
- 500 million people live in areas that experience desertification.
- Around 1.2 billion people, 95% of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa or developing Asia, lack electricity.