How climate change is threatening lives | ActionAid UK

How climate change is threatening lives

The poorest people in the world are being hit first and worst by climate change, as increasingly extreme weather patterns destroy land, homes and crops.

Unpredictable seasons, rising sea levels and erratic rainfall, which contributes to floods and droughts, mean that millions of people who were already struggling to survive are finding it even more difficult to get food, water and shelter. 

The poorer people are, the harder it is to recover from failed harvests, destroyed homes, water scarcity and deepening heath crises. 

ActionAid is working with communities across the world to develop solutions that help people adapt to the impact of climate change, and support their families. 

Climate change and hunger

Across the world, we support hundreds of thousands of people who rely on farming for income and food, with innovative farming methods and tools like table gardening, salt-resistant seeds and climate-resilient livestock, to help them adapt to changing weather.

Read more about how we’re developing climate-resilient sustainable agriculture in Pakistan and Senegal. 

Helping communities adapt to climate change

ActionAid helps communities adapt to the harsh impacts of climate change. In Bangladesh, we have provided farmers with salt-tolerant crop seeds and built canals to preserve fresh water.  As well as training women and children on how to respond to cyclone warnings, we have built villages above the flood level and are working closely with the Bangladeshi government to roll out a plan to raise more villages to protect lives and livelihoods in the future.   

This is life-changing for women like Nazma.

Preparing for climate-driven disasters

In climate-driven disasters, like floods or droughts, girls are likely to drop out of school. When parents struggle to feed their children, many feel they have no choice but to give their daughters away in marriage.

We’re training women like Sabita to prepare her community for climate-driven disasters before they strike.


Page updated 13 May 2019