On Earth Day: Ways to Help

Today, on Earth Day, we’re reflecting on ways that Islamic Relief USA is tackling the issue of worldwide climate change.

At the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change affirmed that “all countries are affected by global warming. But the impacts tend to fall disproportionately on the poor and vulnerable, as well as those least responsible for the problem.”

The collective production of carbon dioxide by humans is the strongest cause of global warming, and is linked to globalized waste and consumer habits. Industry leaders are desperately searching for best practices to change these trends, which have already become far too dangerous for the planet.

Rural communities that have already been long-considered underdeveloped are paying steep prices for the world’s habits.

There’s no easy answer to climate change, but inaction is not an option. Addressing climate change has become part and parcel of IRUSA’s long-term vision. That’s why Islamic Relief USA is acting around the globe to help those most adversely affected. Here are three ways we’re helping:

#1) We’re responding to drought & displacement in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, a seven-month drought beginning in April 2018 displaced hundreds of thousands of people, destroying their livestock and crops.  A freezing winter then added insult to injury.

IRUSA responded with emergency humanitarian aid, along with numerous other organizations who have shared millions.

#2) We’re building life-changing water wells

From Niger to Chad to Malawi, “green” solar-powered deep water wells are harnessing the power of the sun in a positive way—to bring barren land to life.

Long-term solutions like these are different from emergency relief: they establish drought-resilient infrastructure so communities are no longer devastated by the next challenging dry period.

#3) We’re supporting rooftop gardens

In Bangladesh, IRUSA rooftop gardens are another inspiring example of what is possible through sustainability projects. Not only do they provide a source of healthy, fresh food, but the introduction of the gardens into the surrounding urban environment has been proven to lower sweltering temperatures.

So successful are these results that the Bangladeshi government has modeled their own initiatives off of this project.

Through these and many other innovative and evidence-based IRUSA projects, donors like you enable us to are respond to climate change for higher quality life, and a healthier earth.

Happy Earth Day from Islamic Relief USA!

Kelly is part of the Communications & External Relations team at Islamic Relief USA.

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