The interconnectedness of climate challenges
As part of the international NGO community, it is our responsibility to continue to address both mitigation - to lessen our contribution to and help reduce emissions - as well as adaptation – to help affected communities adjust livelihoods and ecosystems. Corus organizations across sectors are working with local partners on projects that can sustain benefits over time and be resilient in the face of ongoing shocks from climate change. This could mean reducing water usage and harm by changing the way coffee is processed and creating a sustainable biofertilizer business, as Ground Up Investing does in Colombia. This could also mean strengthening community-led disaster risk reduction and preparedness. Communities vulnerable to increased flooding, for instance, have worked to improve early warning but also flood-resistant agricultural approaches to reduce harm through Lutheran World Relief projects in Nepal and El Salvador.
The connection between human, animal, planetary and ecological health is also a critical part of the way we are responding to climate change as we consider global health security and the threat of further zoonotic disease crossing over into humans. For example, the Corus family employs the multisectoral One Health approach to understand the interconnections between the health of humans, animals and the planet as well as respond to outbreaks. In Mali, for example, IMA World Health uses an innovative water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) model to tackle the impacts of animal waste on poor sanitation. IMA World Health also addresses WASH challenges in Tanzania that are critical to ensuring health and preventing disease. While in South Sudan, IMA World Health continues to address neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by strengthening local capacity for health facility management and better integration of detection and treatment into the primary health care system.