Greening the sector - climate change and humanitarian action #1

Green and sustainable action is not yet standard in humanitarian practices. During this webinar we will look into the responsibility of humanitarian organisations in greening the sector and will explore the practical tools available.

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.

Ready-to-use tools

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 a practice. When setting up an emergency response it is, quite logically, not the first thing that comes to mind. However, for greening humanitarian action there are quite some practical tools available – so called ‘low hanging fruits’. So what is actually holding us back?

The aim for this event is to share existing tools, papers and learning modules; we provide tangible starting-points that organizations can build on. By sharing examples of existing tools, papers and learning modules, we provide different options to kick-start greening humanitarian action. This way, we show that sustainable humanitarian programs are not a far-fetched fantasy, but that there are ready-to-use tools out there.

About this event

For who is this event?
This event is for everyone in the humanitarian sector who is involved in the design, planning, logistics and implementation of humanitarian action. This includes program managers and program officers from local partner organizations.

Event format
The event will consist of a limited number of presentations of existing tools and initiatives. After each presentation there will be space for questions in order to create an interactive event.

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