Humana People to People’s work to combat climate change began nearly 20 years ago. Our Farmers’ Clubs, community development activities and clothes recycling actions all have a positive environmental impact. Humana People to People’s two main approaches climate change are:
- Adaptation, which seeks to adapt to changing environmental conditions;
- Mitigation, which refers to addressing the root cause of climate change by reducing CO2 emissions.
The majority of communities we work with are made up of rural small scale farmers who are directly dependent on each year’s crops for survival. Our projects work to not only adapt to and mitigate climate change, but also improve livelihoods in a sustainable way, bringing about social and economic progress.
Our Farmers’ Clubs actions are for fighting shoulder to shoulder with the poor, through imparting new farming techniques to increase food security. All in all the farmers are trained to have a conscious mind on agriculture’s effect on climate change. The farmers receive trainings in crop diversification, growing drought resistant crops, practicing conservation farming among other environment protecting methods.
Low cost technology is imparted to the farmers for clean energy, access to water and better processing of produce. Farmers’ Clubs focus on mobilizing the farmers to understand climate change, as well as set-up woodlots, avoid farming on wetlands and cutting down of trees.
The Child Aid and Community Development program offer a comprehensive approach to community inclusion in creating better conditions for the upbringing of children. Child Aid coordinators work with the community to identify, map, discuss and address environmental issues and their effects. After the discussions actions are taken to solve the issues noted, creating an activism of common ownership on protecting nature.
The collection and preparation of clothes for reuse is continuing in the developed countries. Clothes reuse contributes to climate change mitigation at both ends of the supply chain. Secondhand clothes do not require the extensive use of resources like new clothes do; pesticides, chemicals and dyes are not used in the process, preventing greenhouse gas emission. At the other end of the product life cycle, every item that can be kept from landfill also has positive environmental repercussions.