In Profile: CARE’s Camilla Schramek
Sep 23, 2019
We're all climate champions at CARE, but we have some absolutely amazing superstars when it comes to specific work on climate change adaptation in our programs, in how we advocate and affect policy change and more, and one of our brightest stars is Camilla Schramek!
1. WHAT DO YOU DO AT CARE?
I lead climate change communications for CARE.[i] I am responsible for communicating the amazing work we do at CARE in connection to the climate crisis. My key tasks include developing communication strategies, spearheading Twitter and social media engagement, working with technical experts from CARE to develop comprehensive and easily understandable communication materials, managing careclimatechange.org, writing and publishing reports, and heading CARE’s climate change communication at global events, such as the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit in New York.
2. HOW DID YOU DECIDE THAT THIS WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO WITH YOUR CAREER?
I have always had a passion for fighting climate change and social injustice. After working with grassroots initiatives, such as the fossil fuel divestment campaign and city-based climate marches, I advocated and communicated the great emergency that we are all facing. I wanted to use the skills I learned on the ground and apply them to the international level. CARE’s mission is core to my own. Every day, I wake up motivated to communicate and advocate for the communities we work with who are particularly impacted by the climate crisis.
3. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FACE IN THIS ROLE?
Capacity, capacity, capacity. I am the only person at CARE with the specific role to communicate on climate change. While other colleagues focus on a range of issues, including climate change, I am tasked with communicating CARE’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis on behalf of the confederation. However, this is changing. CARE is steadily ramping up its work and communication on climate change as the impacts on those we work with are impossible to ignore. I have seen that the CCRP’s work is enhancing CARE’s willingness to engage in fighting for climate justice.
4. WHAT DO YOU HAVE COMING UP NEXT?
This week, I am participating in the United Nation Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in New York. From 20 to 27 September, millions of people around the world, including many CARE offices, will take to the streets to turn up the heat on governments meeting in New York. This summit comes at a critical moment as the time for action to prevent a climate breakdown is running out. The aim of the summit is to boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement. The Summit aims to showcase a leap in collective political ambition and demonstrate massive public movements. CARE, along with millions of other individuals and organizations, is demanding that leaders recognize that we are facing an emergency and start act accordingly, particularly the biggest emitters.
5. WHAT SHOULD CANADIANS KNOW ABOUT OUR WORK?
We all have a voice and we can all, individually and collectively, do our part to tackle the climate crisis. CARE Canada is doing amazing advocacy work around climate change and is calling on Canadians to join them during the global week of action from September 20 to 27: https://care.ca/climate-action-week/. We all must #CARE4climate and, together, we can ensure that no one is left behind.
[i] Camilla works in CARE's Climate Change & Resilience Platform (CCRP), Partners for Resilience Alliance, and Climate Learning and Advocacy for Resilience Program