Help People Facing Hunger & Climate Change.

Climate change changes everything.

Emissions are expected to fuel the Earth’s surface temperature to rise dangerously throughout this century. Crippling heat waves are predicted to occur more often and last longer. Extreme precipitation events will grow more intense and frequent. The ocean will continue to warm and acidify, the global mean sea level will rise – and 3 billion more lives will be at grave risk.

Climate change and poverty are closely intertwined. The people who suffer most from the disruption of natural systems are our brothers and sisters living in the poorest countries. Facing the loss of crops, livestock and income, their already fragile lives are upturned by malnutrition, disease and death.

Climate change is changing our response

Pope Francis calls on us to care for the gift of God’s Creation. The Church answers as soon as disaster hits, delivering food, shelter and medicine on the ground. But we also look ahead, working tirelessly with communities to support their efforts to adapt to new realities and face the future with greater resilience.

Climate change is changing our shared responsibility

As Catholics and Americans, it’s time to address global warming and poverty. Together, let’s take concrete actions that could stop this disastrous trajectory and achieve lasting results. Urge your legislators to oppose the Administration’s proposed cuts to foreign aid. It’s only 1% of our nation’s budget, yet it does a world of good. The Green Climate Fund and critical programs addressing the impact of climate change on the poor are supported by foreign aid. The proposed cuts would impair the ability of the most vulnerable to prepare for the challenges of climate change.

A boy carries water in Ethiopia, where CRS has been helping communities cope with its worst drought in 50 years. A young boy holds an ear of corn. Climate change is leading to increased rates of hunger and famine.

"Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.”

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A mother and her young daughter stand in a dry field in Ethiopia, which has been facing its worst drought in 50 years.

Urge Our Nation to Care for our Common Home

If we don’t act now to help poor farmers adapt to climate change, we’ll see more hunger, malnutrition, and poverty around the world. This tragedy can be prevented, though. Urge your Representative to take steps to tackle the challenges of climate change by joining the Climate Solutions Caucus.

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STORIES OF POVERTY

Why we advocate with people living in poverty every day.

Syrian migrants live in refugee camps, being forced to leave most of their possessions behind. A mother holds her baby. Human trafficking is a heinous crime that touches every country and people of all ages. A mother and her two sons sit on the bank of a shrinking river in Bangladesh.

Poverty and Syrian Refugees

You’ve read the headlines. Now come face to face with a few of the 2 million refugees of civil war in Syria and surrounding countries to understand why migrants and refugees are leaving their homes – and the hardships and terror they endure to find new ones.

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Syrian migrants wait in lines to receive essential items and goods. A young Indian girl reads a book. Pope Francis said For this farmer, drought has reduced his yield and the ability to feed his family and earn.

Poverty and Human Trafficking

Human trafficking makes modern-day slaves out of almost 21 million men, women and children. Each story is personal and heartbreaking, and our mission to prevent these crimes, rescue the victims and restore their lives can be an uphill battle.

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Syrian migrants, like this young man, are forced to flee home and move to croweded refugee camps. 21 million people, women, men and children are living in modern day slavery, as they have been trafficked. Farmers seek alternative means of income because of climate change. This woman leads her new livestock.

Poverty and Climate Change

The effects of climate change are already being felt in developing countries, as the Earth’s most vulnerable grapple with new realities that are devastating lives and futures. Here’s a glimpse into what is happening today – and how we are racing to help.

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