Evicted by climate change: New CARE report calls for urgent gender transformative response to climate displacement

7 JULY 2020 – Today, the international aid organization CARE launched a new report, Evicted by Climate Change: Confronting the Gendered Impacts of Climate-Induced Displacement, highlighting the causes and consequences of climate-induced displacement and the urgent need for a gender-transformative response.

In 2019, 33.4 million people were newly displaced people, 70% of which were due to climate-related disasters. Climate change displacement is further compounded for women and girls in developing countries who are disproportionately impacted. For example, in 2018 more than half of the 41 million people internally displaced were women. Climate-induced displacement must be understood, and policy responses developed, through the intersecting lenses of gender, climate, and social justice. The report highlights the urgent need for more women’s leadership and greater financial support for gender-just solutions to climate-induced displacement.

"Forced displacement is one of the most visible and tragic consequences of the injustices of climate change," said Barbara Grantham, CARE Canada President and CEO. "The vast majority of those forced from their homes as a result of climate change live in developing countries, and systemic discrimination means that women and girls bear the brunt of these impacts. It is critical that we put women and girls at the centre of global efforts to build resilience and reduce climate-induced displacement, while supporting more inclusive global development."

Climate-induced displacement is an option of last resort as greater levels of climate change trigger millions to leave their homes, often by exacerbating existing inequalities. CARE’s new report illustrates the clear need for climate action to prevent catastrophic displacement. Scientists expect forced displacement to be one of the most common and damaging effects on the world’s most vulnerable populations if we fail to keep global average temperature rise below 1.5°C. Some studies indicate that if temperature increases by 3°C, up to 4 times more people may face displacement then if global temperature stays within 1.5°C.

"As the Government of Canada launches consultations around Canada’s next international climate finance package, our report underscores the need for bold investments to help communities withstand the impacts of climate change," said Shaughn McArthur, CARE Canada Policy and Influence Lead. "The costs of inaction, in terms of human suffering and displacement, are too significant to leave to chance, and the trillion-dollar opportunity to invest in adaptation in ways that can promote better growth and development are too great to ignore."

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About CARE Canada:

Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE develops solutions alongside women and girls in developing countries to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty and out of crisis. CARE stands with women and girls around the world in economic empowerment. We bring women, girls, and their communities together to challenge inequality while facing issues like food insecurity, climate change, and emergency relief in times of crisis or disaster. CARE works in 100 countries around the world.

To learn more about CARE Canada, visit www.care.ca