We are increasingly hearing about natural disasters, which cost many people their lives (e.g. El Niño). The reason for the increasing frequency of these extreme weather conditions is climate change. Help is committed to effective climate protection because we use sustainable, environmentally friendly technologies.
Warning - climate change
People are starving during periods of drought Hurricanes and flooding destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people. During the last 100 years the temperature on Earth has risen by an average 0.8°C. According to forecasts it is going to be 6.5°C warmer in 2100 than today. The consequences: drought, water shortages, less food and melting glaciers.
In order to minimise the disastrous effects of climate change, the rise in temperatures must be reduced. But how?
- sparing use of our resources
- the use of wind and water power
- the protection of our forests
however developing countries require financial and specialist support: How is water and resource management operated? What does disaster aid include? How can rural development aid be designed efficiently?
Solar plants for water supplies
Help is involved in climate protection particularly in Chad. With one of the largest solar-operated water plants worldwide, 12,000 refugees and 1,500 local inhabitants are supplied with drinking water in an environmentally friendly and affordable manner. In 2013 Help was awarded the "German solar prize" for this project.
However, climate change also plays a major role in other project countries: In Zimbabwe we are working with solar-driven water pumps. In Afghanistan we are generating energy via biogas plants. In Pakistan we are involved in disaster precautionary measures in order to counter the consequences of climate change.
Help always involves the local population in all the procedures so that they learn to adjust to the change in climate conditions. They learn how to use their resources efficiently and are informed about all the advantages of renewable energy, recycling systems and rubbish separation.
As a member of the Climate Alliance, Help is showing responsibility and setting an example.