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Whether your children are developing a floating garden, designing a hand-washing station or reusing plastic for enterprise, we assure you they will love developing their own ingenious solution to a real world problem.
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When extreme climate threats hit vulnerable communities, they turn into disasters. Costing lives and livelihoods, driving people from their homes in an attempt to survive, forcing them to sell assets they rely on for income, and threatening food supplies.
BUT if those most at risk are forewarned and forearmed, while the underlying problems are addressed, communities can move from vulnerability to resilience and opportunity.
A great example of this is our work with communities in Bangladesh. Every year, monsoon rains cause the three major rivers to swell, resulting in devastating floods. Sandbars emerge as the rivers recede, but they were considered too infertile for even the most skilled farmer to tend.
We’ve introduced a technique called sandbar cropping that allows pumpkins to be grown on the sandy, barren soil left behind when flood waters recede. As well as giving a high yield and being packed full of health benefits, pumpkins can be stored for up to a year, meaning people have a crop both for their families and also to sell.
With the extra income they earn, they can send their children to school, buy livestock and become more resilient to the monsoon climate! ... See MoreSee Less
Increase in extreme weather events pose major threats to vulnerable communities. But it is possible to help people thrive despite disasters and climate change.
At Practical Action, we refuse to accept that vulnerability is normal and disasters inevitable. We want a world that puts climate action and people's needs centre stage. A world where communities are able to manage future risks, minimise their impact and adapt to the changing climate. Have a look at our website to find out more.
Meet Rongali, a 70-year-old farmer in Nepal. Rongali has lived his whole life in Bangalipur, a tight-knit community of 135 households.
Flooding from the nearby Aurahi river used to regularly destroy property and crops in this area. Rogali could only watch as his precious harvest was washed away year after year. Climate change means that the flooding has increased in severity and frequency during his lifetime.
We helped the people of Bangalipur build a biodyke along the river. This green embankment looks natural – because it is. Made out of locally-available bamboo and rattan, it’s almost indistinguishable from the river bank. But it has a vital role in protecting homes and farmland from floods.
“We worked for 25-days straight to build this biodyke. This year there has been no soil erosion at all” Rongali says.
From vulnerability to resilience – proof that green solutions can protect both people and the planet.
Abbie Wells, Engagement Officer at Practical Action, urges the media to work with INGOs as a force for change in the aftermath of Covid-19.
"What the world needs now is INGOs, private sector, governments and institutions to work in collaboration and partnership to forge a new world order that protects and benefits those that have suffered the worst effects of Covid-19."
We'll be celebrating the awesome home-made prototypes from our Big Ideas teams at "An Evening with Big Ideas" LIVE on our YouTube channel 5:30 - 7pm on Thursday 6th August. Why not pop in and join us and see some of the nominees for our "Engineering" Award #HopeinAction #STEM
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