Climate change

Poverty and climate change are inextricably linked.

Without climate justice, an additional 120 million people could be pushed into poverty by 2030.

Context

Poor people and countries are particularly exposed and vulnerable to climate shocks – to natural disasters that destroy their livelihoods; to water-borne diseases, such as diarrhoea, which has a higher incidence during heat waves, floods or droughts; or to crop failures and food price spikes resulting from extreme weather events.

To end poverty, climate change and its effects on the poor will need to be taken into account in development policies. Even people who are not poor, but who live just above the poverty line, can fall into poverty when a flood destroys a microenterprise or a drought decimates a herd. Climate shocks can reverse decades of work and savings, and generate irreversible human and material losses.

Climate change can intensify and increase the frequency of these shocks, thus hindering poverty reduction. Poverty must also be taken into account in the design of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

FXB in action

FXB considers that the best way to mitigate the impact of climate change on the poorest is to integrate adaptation measures into its poverty reduction strategies. We are working to continually strengthen these measures to support communities in adapting to climate change and protecting the environment.

FXB USA is partnering with Fundación JUCONI, a leading child rights organization in Puebla, Mexico, to pilot the FXBVillage for Climate Resilience, an adaptation of the pioneering FXBVillage Model, embedding strategies for climate resilience and prevention of pandemics. We believe it is critical not only to lift people out of poverty but to ensure that they can sustain their prosperity even when confronted with global pandemics or climate change disruptions.

FXB has always advocated for human’s rights and climate change is the single greatest issue of our time. As an entrepreneurial-oriented organization, FXB has quickly responded to embed climate into our impactful methodology.

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Our ongoing programs

The eradication of poverty and the stabilization of climate change will be two unprecedented achievements and represent two major steps towards sustainable development. But they cannot be considered separately.

In the field

Through our FXBVillage programs, we are building community resilience by reducing vulnerability through a number of interventions, including

  • empowering women, who are disproportionately affected by climate change;
  • promoting more productive and sustainable agricultural systems;
  • cultivating environmentally friendly vegetable gardens;
  • raising awareness of more sustainable consumption, water use and production patterns, as well as environmentally sound waste recycling;
  • the initiation of a micro-insurance system in credit, savings and support groups to enable members to meet costs related to climatic hazards;
  • The construction of outdoor kitchens and the use of improved cooking stoves to reduce respiratory tract infections and deforestation;
  • The use of solar lighting.

Find out more about FXBVillage programs.

Advocacy

Young people are at the forefront of social change, and in today’s climate crisis, youth activists are providing hope that real change is possible. FXB takes part in this global youth movement through its FXB Climate Advocates program, designed to equip youth climate activists with the knowledge and tools to mobilize climate action on a local, national and international level.

Testimonial

I believe that together as one voice we can implement societal changes that will improve the current climate conditions and positively impact future generations.

Nicholas, FXB Climate Advocates founding member