Climate crisis and local communities

There is an urgent need and growing demand for action to reduce and respond to the impacts of climate change. The FMR team has published two issues related to this topic, in 2008 (Climate change and displacement) and 2015 (Disasters and displacement in a changing climate). This new issue, to be published in June 2020, will focus on grassroots action by affected communities – in prevention, adaptation, mitigation, resilience, preparedness, governance and decision-making, campaigning and advocacy – and how learning from this can inform the international community in their approaches, policies and actions.

Many countries and communities have been coping with the effects of a changing climate  for decades, and have much experience to share. What do these communities have to teach those who are only now starting to confront these issues? How can their experience inform agencies, donors, individuals and communities in their thinking around climate-related response and programming? Furthermore, should we now strive for an approach that has climate crisis at its heart in every aspect of our work? Many organisations and coordination structures have ‘environment’ as a cross-cutting theme but how effectively does this meet the needs presented by today’s climate crisis?

This being FMR, we will of course be seeking articles focusing on displacement contexts but we hope that the lessons and good practice identified will have far wider relevance.

A full call for articles will follow shortly.

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