Greenhouse gas emissions grew more between 2000 and 2010 than in the previous three decades combined

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What's happening

According to the UN, the world is ill-prepared to handle the possible repercussions of climate change

Our goal

Lower greenhouse gas emissions by 40-to-70 percent by 2050

Climate change is already affecting World Vision's work around the world, and not in a good way.

There is strong evidence that says humans contribute to climate change. The UN and NASA have both gathered alarming data showing human behaviour is linked to the planet's changing climate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report states (with 95 percent certainty) that “the human influence on the climate system is clear and evident.”

A majority of families in developing nations derive their livelihood from their environments. Agriculture-based communities rely on their ecosystem for high crop yields, successful fishing, and everything in between.

LEFT: Tanzanian farmer walking through barren landscape. RIGHT: Residents walk on a road littered with debris after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013.

Droughts that used to happen once every 10 to 20 years are now happening every two or three years, storms are getting worse, and crops are getting wiped out by these environmental shifts. It’s getting harder for families relying on agriculture to get either food or an income.

As global warming increases, tropical diseases move into new areas where the population is less immune or prepared. Natural disasters and disease have a bigger affect on the poor, ​as they have less access to vaccines, prophylaxes, treatments or savings to help support their families if they are unable to work.

These aren’t just environmental problems, they’re development problems.

We recognise that to keep children safe and empower communities to ​lift themselves out of poverty, we have to take these challenges seriously.

SUPPORT DISASTER READY Your donation will go towards preparing developing communities for climate change caused disasters and circumstances

We’re affecting the climate, and the climate is affecting us. A lack of respect for our natural world and resources has led to global warming and general environmental degradation.

1.5 million

square kilometres of forest gone

Global forest lost between 2000 and 2012 would completely cover the Northern Territory

9 out of 10

warmest years on record

Nine of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since the year 2000

650,000

years

Carbon dioxide levels in the air are currently at their highest in 650,000 years

World Vision’s commitment to helping impoverished children means we must address the impacts of climate change and the poverty it causes.

World Vision calls on the Australian government to support emission reduction, increase research related to climate change, and increase aid directed to helping developing nations handle the shifts in their environments.

We’re also working directly with these communities to empower them to adapt.

Our projects include restorative activities like reforesting and conservation farming. We have seen monumental success in re-foresting 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).

We’ve also helped a number of communities in Ethiopia by providing a cleaner, safer way to cook their food. The Clean Stoves Project reduces the health risks associated with smoky open fire stoves, and it reduces the need to cut down trees.

And finally, we’ve worked with communities in Vietnam, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu to better prepare them for increasingly violent tropical storms and other changes related to natural disasters as a result of climate change.

World Vision acknowledges that climate change is happening, and that our work can and does have a positive impact on it.

By supporting our food-related and disaster-related projects, you contribute to our efforts to work with communities in developing nations in ways that positively affect the environment.

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