Answer Pope Francis’ Call to Action on Climate Change

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In Laudato Si, Pope Francis calls us to care for our common home in the face of climate change. Changing weather patterns often impact the most vulnerable and poor among us. Rina Begum and her husband Almas Sikdar, who live in Bangladesh, know this firsthand.

Rina Begum stores rice in a watertight container. This will ensure her family has food to eat when the next cyclone hits. Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS
Rina Begum stores rice in a watertight container. This will ensure her family has food to eat when the next cyclone hits. Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS

A cyclone destroyed their home, livestock and everything they owned. Catholic Relief Services is helping the couple and their three children adapt to the effects of more frequent and intense cyclones by helping them build a disaster-resistant home. We’re showing them how to safely store food, and implementing an early warning system so families in their community can better prepare for disaster.

Almas Sikdar ties a secure rope to a roof brace of his house, which will reduce flying debris and damage to his home during future storms. Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS
Almas Sikdar ties a secure rope to a roof brace of his house, which will reduce flying debris and damage to his home during future storms. Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS

Through our advocacy initiative, Catholics Confront Global Poverty, CRS and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are urging U.S. leaders to strongly support substantial contributions to the Green Climate Fund. The Green Climate Fund is an international effort to help developing nations adapt to climate changes and mitigate their effects.  We’re also calling on the United States to exhibit strong leadership in securing a global commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions.  

 

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Learn more about Catholics Confront Global Poverty, and explore how CRS works to help the poor become more resilient to natural disasters and the effects of climate change.

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