Climate change is arguably one of the defining challenges of our time. Certainly, in the displacement-affected areas in which DRC works, climate change and environmental degradation not only potentially accelerate localized conflict over natural resources, but also deepen vulnerabilities as livelihoods or living conditions erode. Climate change and environmental degradation are a threat multiplier for displaced people. Therefore, DRC is committed to taking action!
The Climate crisis affects all of us, but the most marginalized communities are the most affected by the consequences. Therefore, humanitarian NGOs play a key role, taking action to address the climate crisis and its effects. The Climate Charter for humanitarian NGOs intends to provide a clear vision and principles to guide humanitarian action in the face of the climate and environmental crises.
Mitigating DRC’s Environmental and Climate Footprint, and
Advocacy for Displaced Persons in the Context of Climate Change.
These three pillars shape our response to the climate and environment crises and their interaction with forced displacement.
Further, resilience to climate shocks, environmental degradation and displacement is often very low in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, and disproportionately affects the world’s most vulnerable.
In this context, the relationship between climate change, conflict, poverty, and persecution greatly increases the complexity of humanitarian crises, refugee emergencies, as well as protracted displacement situations. In effect, the climate lens is becoming increasingly important for a humanitarian organization like DRC.
It is our priority to address climate change and environmental degradation systematically and ambitiously across the organisation. DRC becomes a key advocate and stakeholder for people affected by displacement in the humanitarian sector.
/ Lillah Emmik Sørensen, Global Climate and Environment Advisor