What is World Vision doing about these issues?
We recognise that World Vision's activities have an impact on the global environment. We are taking action to ensure that we aren’t just reducing our environmental footprint but also having a positive effect on the environment.
World Vision calls on the Australian government to support emission reduction targets, increase research in areas that will reduce the vulnerability of poor communities to climate change and increase aid directed to helping developing countries deal with the challenges of climate change.
World Vision is also helping local communities around the world deal with the impacts of climate change.
Some of our projects include environmentally restorative activities such as reforestation, agro-forestry and organic and conservation farming. We aim to help communities that rely on farming for food and income to learn improved and environmentally sustainable farming techniques.
Environmental sustainability in action
World Vision has a number of projects in place tackling environmental issues.
We have seen great success in reforesting in parts of Africa using the technique of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, re-growing trees from root stumps of indigenous trees that were cut down in the past.
A number of communities in Ethiopia have benefited from a cleaner, safer way to cook their food as a part of a clean stoves project. As well as reducing the health impacts associated with smokey open fire stoves, the different kinds of clean stoves trialled helped to reduce the number of trees cut down for firewood.
We also work with communities to improve their resilience, including disaster preparedness and risk reduction education, and improving food and water security. For example, World Vision has assisted coastal communities in Vietnam, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu be better prepared for increasingly violent tropical storm surges and slow-onset climate change.
How you can help
You can support our work helping communities to become more environmentally sustainable by sponsoring a child. Your donations will help their community become a healthier, safer and more sustainable place to grow up.