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Viktoria Myrén, Vikarierande kommunikatör
Krisen och hoppet. De två orden stod i centrum när det var dags för SMR:s medlemsdagar på temat ”Klimatet och skapelsen”. Det var en mörk och omskakande bild av klimattillståndet i världen…
Viktoria Myrén, Vikarierande kommunikatör
Josephine Sundqvist, expert på Sida, säger att samtalet kring de moraliska och etiska dimensionerna av klimatförändringarna måste fördjupas för att en förändring ska ske.
Kristina Patring, Advisor
Tron har en stark betydelse för människors liv, drömmar och handlingar. Låt 2020 bli året när vi slutar underskatta tron, både i Sverige och i utrikespolitiken. Vi behöver mer frihet för alla att tro! Läs vår debattartikel som publicerades i Dagen.
We believe that people have both the responsibility and the ability to create a sustainable society with respect for each other and our planet. The climate crisis reminds us of our task to steward creation for future generations.
The climate crisis highlights global injustice
Today, we know that environmental degradation and climate change affect people living in poverty and vulnerability most severely, even though these people contribute the least to the problems at the global level. The climate crisis is not only the most urgent of our sustainability issues – it is also one of the greatest injustices of our time.
Our responsibility for God’s creation
Healthy ecosystems and sustainable natural resource management are essential for the fundamental right to life. We believe that every individual is created in the image of God and we humans are tasked with caring for God’s creation by taking responsibility for each other and the world in which we live.
Local partnerships provide sustainable solutions
The international aid efforts we support must contribute to climate and environmental sustainability in accordance with our environment and climate policy. Most often, it is local people who are the most affected who can contribute with the best solutions. Through local and long-term partnerships, we believe it is possible to reverse the negative trend.
This is how we work on climate
This is how others work on climate
founded on God as the creator of the world and humanity. We believe that our mission is to take responsibility of that creation together.
In vulnerable parts of the world, much of what is being built up through international development cooperation risks being destroyed by recurring natural disasters. These are caused or exacerbated by climate change and other human activities. To reduce the risk of disasters we need to work with prevention by, for example, strengthening resilience.
What is resilience?
Resilience means that an individual, a society or a country has the resilience and adaptability to deal with negative changes, shocks and uncertainties while at the same time continuing to develop.
- Climate change, soil degradation and chronic malnutrition are examples of negative changes.
- Shocks include natural disasters, armed conflicts that have flared up, and epidemics.
- Uncertainty is about unforeseen changes or consequences of climate change and environmental disasters.
Resilience is an overall approach challenging and improving the efforts we support in both international development cooperation and humanitarian work.
What is disaster risk reduction?
Disaster risk reduction (DRR) is about what we can do to prepare for, avoid or mitigate the consequences of disasters. A disaster is often described as a combination of high exposure to danger, high vulnerability and insufficient capacity to deal with the negative consequences.
The most important way to reduce the risk of disasters and crises is to build strong local communities where committed decision makers and effective authorities are able to work preventatively and respond to ongoing crisis.
We invest in resilience and disaster risk reduction
Our work for strengthened resilience and disaster risk reduction is based on our climate and environmental policy. During 2017-2021, we received extra funding from Sida to focus on this work. We therefore encourage our member organisations together with their partner organisations to work for strengthened resilience and disaster risk reduction around the world.
Humanitarian efforts are often carried out in areas where long-term international development cooperation is already underway. Nevertheless, these two forms of assistance are often kept apart. By working for increased resilience, we create bridges between long-term international development cooperation and humanitarian work.
Local contacts and international networks
Our broad network of member organisations and their local partner organisations worldwide are an asset in the work for increased resilience. By working with local religious representatives who have religious literacy on the specific context, we can find and support solutions relevant to the context. In this way, people’s ability to prepare for, adapt to and recover from various forms of negative change and shocks increases.
The Sendai Framework is a global agreement that calls on each country to develop strategies to reduce the risk of disasters. We encourage our member organisations and partner organisations located in countries at high risk of disasters to cooperate with the country’s national agencies to reduce the risks.
We and several of our member organisations are members of The Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR). This large international network is advocating for increased engagement on disaster risk reduction and resilience, and for better coordination when disasters occur. Membership in GNDR does not cost anything.
This is how we work on resilience and DRR
This is how others work on resilience and DRR
This is how others work with conflict sensitivity
to really understand the community you plan to operate in and the open or suppressed conflicts that exist there.