Help People Facing 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.”

Pope Francis

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.

Poverty and Migration

The South Sudan refugee crisis is the fastest growing in the world. Uganda, its southern neighbor, now hosts more than 1 million South Sudanese refugees fleeing the ongoing violence between their country’s government and opposition forces. Most of the refugees are women and children.

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Poverty and Human Trafficking

Children who are refugees are more vulnerable to human trafficking, early marriage and forced labor. Providing opportunities for education is one way to reduce their risk of being trafficked.

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Poverty and Climate Change

Climate change impacts the lives of those most vulnerable and living in poverty in many ways. The increased temperatures can lead to droughts and famines. Severe weather patterns like hurricanes and flooding are causing destruction in communities, and leading to hunger and malnutrition.

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