Small and simple actions to address climate change

During the last decade, the Movement has demonstrated that climate change can be addressed by a range of actions, approaches and strategies. They include longterm programmes that reduce community vulnerability, programmes that draw on climate and weather information to make development and risk-reduction initiatives more robust or ‘climate-smart’, and awareness-raising programmes that enable communities and policy-makers to mobilize funding and take actions for adapting to climate change and mitigating its impact. This paper presents a different approach. It sets out several simple strategies that can help to manage the unavoidable impacts of climate change (adaptation) and curb its long-term effects by reducing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation). Though the problem may seem huge and paralyzingly complex, National Societies can implement five straightforward actions that will benefit the safety, livelihoods, health, attitudes and quality of life of people at risk.

  1. Heatwave awareness and preparedness.
  2. Planting and caring for trees.
  3. Campaigns to clean and recycle solid waste.
  4. Promotion of fuel-efficient stoves.
  5. Capacity building and promotion of family emergency planning.

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