Bacon Center for Climate Displacement
We are down to one meal a day now. I worry what will happen to my children.
In the past, there were hard years but people were able to get by. Now there are only two options -- to leave or die here. Soon this village will disappear.
The rains have changed, and droughts are coming more often. Now we don't know whether to feed our animals or ourselves.
These are the testimonies of Tuareg women living in West Africa's Sahel region. Their culture as animal herders traces back more than a millennium. But in recent years, changes in rainfall patterns and more frequent droughts are destroying their traditional way of life, making it harder and harder for them to survive. Each day they struggle to cope with recurrent drought and are forced to make critical decisions for the well-being of their families.
The Bacon Center for Climate Displacement at Refugees International (RI) works to address the plight of these women – and millions of other vulnerable people across the planet – who are being forced to abandon their homes and traditional livelihoods due to droughts, floods, and more extreme weather linked to climate change. They are the world’s poorest people and least responsible for the climate crisis. Yet they are bearing the worst impacts of climate-related disasters.
Recurrent drought and poor rains have made it harder for poor farmers and animal herders in West Africa’s Sahel region to feed their families. Photo: Aaron Kopp
RIâ€™s staff travel to the worldâ€™s poorest and most conflictridden countries to meet with people who are being impacted by more extreme weather and climate change. We use their testimonies to convince governments, UN officials, and others in positions of power to provide protection and assistance.
Historic flooding in Colombia in 2010-2011 displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Photo: Refugees International
Through the high-caliber advocacy for which RI is known, we successfully affect action and changes that directly improve the lives of millions of people.
RI meets with women in Burkina Faso afflicted by more frequent drought. Photo: Refugees International
BAY OF ALL SAINTS
RIâ€™s Bacon Center for Climate Displacement is partnering with the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers Milkhaus to bring the story of climate displacement to audiences across the United States. The film is scheduled to be released in late December 2013.
Be Part of this Ground-Breaking Effort! Supporters of RI’s Bacon Center for Climate Displacement will be recognized in the credits of this new film that is being produced by the Academy and Emmy Awardwinning film company, Milkhaus. The film will be screened in cities around the U.S. and in London, England. Supporters will receive the following additional benefits:
Changemaker - $25,000
Highest recognition in the Milkhaus film credits, private screening and discussion with RI staff, three post-trip debriefings with RI’s climate displacement expert, recognition in RI’s Annual Report, and membership in RI’s President’s Advocacy Society.
Visionary - $15,000
Recognition as a “Visionary” in the Milkhaus film credits, private screening and discussion with RI staff, two post-trip debriefings with RI’s climate displacement expert, recognition in RI’s Annual Report, and membership in RI’s President’s Advocacy Society.
Benefactor - $10,000
Recognition as a “Benefactor” in the Milkhaus film credits, one post-trip debriefing with RI’s climate displacement expert, recognition in RI’s Annual Report, and membership in RI’s President’s Advocacy Society.
Leader - $5,000
Recognition as a “Leader” in the Milkhaus film credits, recognition in RI’s Annual Report, and membership in RI’s President’s Advocacy Society.
Donors contributing $1,000 or above become members of the President’s Advocacy Society (PAS). Members are offered consistent and exclusive opportunities to engage with Refugees International’s president and staff, as well as invitations to all Refugees International special events.
Join Us and Help Save Lives of Those Displaced by Climate-Related Disasters! For more information, contact Kendra Davis, VP for Philanthropy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.828.0110 x202 Children in Pakistan whose homes were destroyed by the 2010 mega-floods. Photo: Refugees International