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After the flood: building water and sanitation systems to survive climate change

This blog post was written by Robyn Fischer, Associate Director, Government Relations, WaterAid

As anyone with an internet connection will know, Hurricane Florence pummeled the Carolinas and caused ongoing, devastating flooding this month. Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated incident. In July, towns throughout India’s state of Kerala were inundated by monsoon floods and the clean-up will take considerable time, effort and money.

The impact on the communities affected will be dire and long-lasting.

10 Ways to Fight Climate Change At Home

This blog post was written by Catholic Relief Services

Decision-making is hard. Every day we are faced with thousands of decisions: what to eat, where to go, how to get there, what to say. This endless list of questions can be overwhelming.   

The issue of climate change can often feel far and distant when we talk about how it affects the world’s poorest the most. You may ask, “What can I do sitting here in the U.S.?”  and “Does this really affect me?” The sheer magnitude of the topic can make us feel helpless and unable to make a change.

Protection of Civilians in Conflict Must be a Priority

This blog post was written by Piper Hendricks, Senior Communications Manager, CIVIC and Kate Raley, Communications Associate, CIVIC

On this International Day of Peace, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) stands committed to strengthening the United Nations’ ideals of peace and reaffirms our call for a world where armed actors recognize the dignity and the rights of civilians, actively prevent civilian harm, protect civilians caught in conflict, and offer amends when harm occurs.

Democracy is Under Threat, But All is Not Lost

As we observe the International Day of Democracy, we recognize that citizen responsive governments provide economic prosperity, improve social well-being, protect minorities and vulnerable populations, among other impactful benefits.  Yet, a casual observer of global politics might be quick to say that democracy is in poor health.

The top 6 low-tech innovations that we love

We are often told that when thinking of humanitarian work, many people picture someone dressed like Indiana Jones, air dropping food, or something else equally exciting. While airdrops do happen, and some of our staff dress a bit like they’re in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the fact is simple: much of humanitarian work isn’t nearly as thrilling as you imagine it.

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