The Red Cross and Red Crescent climate guide

The Red Cross and Red Crescent climate guide

Asking the right questions about climate change risks and effects

The Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Guide puts forward experiences of more than forty National Societies who in the last five years have started to address climate change in their work. The guide aims to provide guidance and step-by-step approaches on how to address climate risks. While the guide was primarily written for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, it can be a useful resource for the growing number of humanitarian and development organisations.

The guide covers basics about climate change, scientific consensus, the humanitarian consequences, and the general implications for humanitarian aid and assistance. This is followed by six thematic modules which look at:

  • Getting started 
  • Dialogue 
  • Communications 
  • Disaster management 
  • Community-based disaster risk reduction 
  • Health and care

Each module begins with a background section with real-life Red Cross and Red Crescent experiences and perspectives, followed by a “how-to” section with specific step-by-step guidance which should be taylored to local circumstances. Case studies are given on Africa, Indonesia and Nicaragua.

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