We are at a pivotal moment in the movement to combat climate change. Extreme weather events are becoming more commonplace, and the health consequences connected to rising temperatures and worsening air quality are affecting communities around the world. And although it might not be easily observable, climate change is having a dramatic economic impact as well.
Starting on December 1, Devex will lead an online campaign titled Planet Worth to shed light on this issue and spur conversation in the international development community. Chemonics is proud to join Abt Associates, Helvetas, TetraTech, UNDP, and Zurich as co-sponsors of the campaign.
The three-week campaign takes advantage of the growing momentum from the annual Conference of Parties (COP21) on November 30 – December 11 in Paris. The three themes, each covering one week, focus on resilient livelihoods and adaptive strategies, urban growth, and breakthrough innovations in agriculture and energy. Throughout the campaign, content will examine the rising need for groups from all sectors to come together to combat climate change.
With a variety of commentaries by technical experts, articles about relevant program work, and video interviews, Chemonics aims to contribute to this broader conversation about not only how local communities can adapt to climate change but also what international development actors can do to help. As part of the campaign, we will host a series of digital polls on our social media outlets to gauge audiences’ perspectives on how climate change affects agriculture, nutrition, health, the economy, and more.
Check out the Planet Worth website during the next several weeks to see the latest stories, videos, and commentaries about the campaign. You can also follow the online conversation using the hashtag #PlanetWorth.