A fundamental change - climate change and humanitarian action #2

Sustainability should become more intrinsic in humanitarian aid. In this session we are looking for an answer to the question of how to make sustainable practice as natural and common as for example non-racist practice.

Climate hazards – from extreme heat waves and wildfires, to floods, droughts, and storms – are happening everywhere with an increasing frequency and intensity. Moreover, climate change is a major driver for conflict and migration. Climate change thus affects the security and livelihoods of those in already fragile contexts in many ways. Humanitarian NGOs acknowledge that climate change has a huge impact on humanitarian action. However, for many NGOs, adapting their practices to this changing reality while at the same time diminishing their own ecological footprint is a challenge. Nevertheless, the urgent challenges climate change brings, will have consequences for humanitarian practice; consequences for what we do and how we organize our work.

Making sustainable practice natural and common

Although there is a general awareness in the humanitarian sector that climate change is important and also a willingness to do something about it, green and sustainable action is not yet standard practices. When setting up an emergency response it is, quite logically, not the first thing that comes to mind. However, as long as green humanitarian aid is not the standard, no big changes will be made.

The aim for this event is to engage all levels of the humanitarian sector in reflection and discussion on the need to innovate the humanitarian principles that our work is based on, and how we can change humanitarian practice so that sustainability becomes intrinsic to the work. We are looking for an answer to the question of how to make sustainable practice natural and common. Furthermore, we will present existing organisation-wide methods to green humanitarian aid.

About this event

Event format
The event is an open (online) discussion where all participants (humanitarian professionals) are asked to engage actively. Some leading speakers will kick of a sub-theme.

The main part of the event, however, will consist of an open discussion on how green humanitarian practice could be supported by basic commitments, standards or rules (like the climate and environment charter etc.). It is also a brainstorm of what else can be done/initiated/changed to make sustainable humanitarian action a standard practice.

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