The Red Cross / Red Crescent climate guide

The Red Cross / Red Crescent climate guide

How should humanitarian organisations integrate increased climate risk into their work?

Climate change presents additional challenges for humanitarian organisations responding to disasters and complex emergencies. This guide provides a basic overview of climate change science and its implications for the work of Red Cross / Red Crescent Societies.

This Guide is broken down into two main components:

  • the basics about climate change including the scientific consensus, the humanitarian consequences and the general implications for the Red Cross and Red Crescent
  • six thematic modules including: getting started, dialogues, communications, disaster management, community risk reduction and health and care

Each module begins with a background section with real-life Red Cross/Red Crescent experiences and perspectives, followed by  a "how to" section with specific step-by-step guidance. The Guide identifies six main things that regions Red Cross / Red Crescent Societies can do in order to respond to climate change:

  • increased climate risk should be accounted for in programme design, the prioritization of activities and the allocation of resources
  • climate change should be integrated into programme areas that are most affected: disaster management, community risk reduction, health and care, food security, water and sanitation, and migration and conflict
  • greater institutional and public education on the humanitarian costs of climate change
  • establish greater partnerships with governments, business and civil society in order to enhance risk assessment and risk reduction
  • at the international level, the Red Cross / Red Crescent Societies must speak up on behalf of those who are most vulnerable
  • societies should document their experiences in dealing with the risks associated with climate change

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