Right now, the world’s poorest are bearing the brunt of climate catastrophes.
Lives and livelihoods are being lost. Decades of progress against poverty are under threat. The people on the frontline can’t wait for someone else to take action.
“When cyclone Amphan hit, we lost not only our belongings, but also our crops. Our living is dependent on cultivating vegetables. When they don’t grow well, we suffer.” – Purnima, Bangladesh
Purnima lives off the land in Bangladesh. Flooding in her region has increased in severity and frequency, especially when cyclones hit. Her farmland is repeatedly submerged underwater, destroying any hopes of an income.
“It was so windy. Water gushed into our houses. We took our kids and left immediately. But when we came home days later, our cows, goats and poultry – everything – had been washed away. There was no food, no income.”
While cyclone shelters enabled Purnima to keep her children safe, she could not safeguard her livestock and crops during floods. The saline water ruined the vegetable harvests that she and her family depend on – both to eat and to sell.
But Purnima is taking action. Because, like us, she believes that where there’s action, there’s hope.
“(Practical Action) cooperated with us and provided us with training, different equipment and support for starting vegetable farming again. We made the dykes wider and grew more vegetables. They taught us how to use fertiliser and take care of the plants.”
Hope needs action.
Families are dealing with catastrophic flooding, toxic waste and devastating droughts – on top of poverty. But they are already taking action. With the support of people like you, pioneers such as Lourine (pictured) are leading the way.
Using innovative, practical solutions, communities on the frontlines of climate change and poverty are creating long-lasting, positive changes:
- Regenerating depleted, arid land into productive farms;
- Converting waste into energy, and energy into jobs;
- Overcoming injustice for women and vulnerable groups;
- Protecting the planet and…
turning surviving into thriving.
Together, we can build hope for people living on the frontlines of climate change. But hope needs action.
Your gift today will help turn surviving into thriving for millions.
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