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Addressing COVID-19, injustice & climate change

ShelterBox is part of a coalition of over 75 organisations working towards a better future for all.

Crack the Crises (#CrackTheCrises) is a group of UK charities joining together to create a unified call to Governments to go to G7 and COP26 with the intention of seriously tackling climate change, coronavirus, and injustice.

The coalition’s key asks for climate change are:

  • Show leadership to accelerate progress to zero emissions targets and for these to run through all elements of governments work e.g. housing, transport, energy, agriculture, fisheries, imports and finance.
  • Internationally, secure breakthroughs to scale up financial support for climate adaptation and new sources of finance for loss and damage – for the people being most affected by the climate crisis.
  • At home, deliver a green new deal that includes millions of good green jobs to provide more and better support for communities on the frontline of the climate and ecological emergency.

Find out more about Crack the Crises here.

Our role in the global solution to climate change

ShelterBox is not an environmental charity. And we are not a political campaigning organisation, either. However, the climate crisis is irreversibly changing the lives of the people we support.

We are on the front line, supporting communities after climate-related disasters. That gives us a clear perspective on the impact the climate crisis is having.

We believe that global problems need global solutions. As with coronavirus, we stand with other organisations in calling for Governments around the world to unite to find solutions for people and the planet.

In hosting the G7 and COP26, the UK Government has the unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in driving change.

For ShelterBox, this is a once-in-a-lifetime moment that will see world leaders on our home turf of Cornwall – where we began as a Rotary project, where our headquarters are, and where many of our UK team live and work.

During the G7 and beyond, we have a duty to talk about the climate crisis and how it is impacting the people we support.

We must call on the G7 to not only continue to support a global reduction in emissions of harmful pollutants and gases, but go further to improve the lives of people already dealing with the consequences of climate change and COVID-19:

  1. Commit to providing emergency shelter to communities all over the world facing devastating new disasters caused by our heating world.
  2. Support longer-term projects to help countries afford disaster-resilient housing and sustainable livelihoods, as changing weather affects agriculture-dependent communities.
  3. Ensure vaccines are not only affordable and available to all countries, but also support the logistics needed to get vaccines to every corner of the globe.

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