The Climate Fund

Climate FundHelping smallholder farmers adapt to climate change

Many people who are hungry feel the consequences of climate change in their stomachs. A changing climate is pushing many vulnerable people further into poverty and hunger.

The smallholder farmers we work with tell us they are already experiencing more extreme weather, including droughts and floods. They tell us seasons are becoming increasingly unpredictable, making it harder to know when to plant their crops. And they tell us they need support in adapting to this new reality.

The Climate Fund is a practical way to respond to the needs of those who are already being affected by climate change.

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Through the Climate Fund, you can donate to Canadian Foodgrains Bank-supported projects that empower smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change and improve their ability to feed themselves, their families, and their communities.

How it Works

By donating to the Climate Fund, you can acknowledge your personal contribution to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change—things like travel, heating and electrical use. Your donation can be based on the amount of carbon you and your family produce each month or year. It will then be used to help small-scale farmers adapt to the effects of the changing climate so they can grow enough food to feed themselves.

To help you with this, we have provided links to carbon calculators that give an idea of how our various activities impact the environment. We suggest a donation of $25/tonne, which reflects the market for offset-type payments. You can also use the common calculations below.

Or, simply make a donation of any amount to the Climate Fund.

Common Calculations

Air travel, driving, heating, and electricity are some of our most carbon-costly activities. If you want to make a donation to compensate for air travel, we suggest using the table below to give you an idea of what you might like to give. Of course, keep in mind these are averages and suggestions. Links to more calculators are below if you want to get a more precise idea of how much carbon your lifestyle generates.

  • Short flight (0-2 hours) = approximately 0.4 tonnes of carbon, suggested donation of $10
  • Medium flight (2-5 hours) = approximately 0.8 tonnes of carbon, suggested donation of $20
  • Long flight (5+ hours) = approximately 1.4 tonnes of carbon, suggested donation of $35
  • 10,000 kilometers in a mid-size car emits about 2.5 tonnes of carbon, suggested donation of $62.50
  • Electricity and heating for an average Canadian household for a year = 3.2 tonnes of carbon, suggested donation of $80.

For a more detailed carbon calculation for air travel and other activities, we recommend using one of the calculators below.

Simply input your information then return here to make your donation.

Carbon Footprint Calculator: http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx
Planet Air: http://planetair.ca/
Zero GHG: http://www.zeroghg.com/carbon_calculators.html

Click here to make a donation online with your credit card. Donations can also be made by sending a cheque to Box 767, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2L4, or calling 204-944-1993 / toll free 1-800-665-0377. Please indicate that the donation should be directed to the Climate Fund.

Contributions to the Climate Fund will be used to support Foodgrains Bank projects that help farmers in the developing world adapt the effects of a changing climate. This includes projects such as the one implemented by Foodgrains Bank member Presbyterian World Service & Development in Tanzania. Through the project, done together with PWS&D’s partner, the Africa Inland Church of Tanzania, farmers who are challenged by frequent droughts are  transforming their barren plots of land into healthy crops of maize and sorghum. Altogether, almost 2,000 people in 320 vulnerable households in the Kishapu district are overcoming food insecurity and malnutrition through conservation agriculture.

One of those farmers is Paul, who has been farming for over 20 years. In all that time he has never seen a plant sprout in Tanzania’s dry soil so quickly as it has happened by using conservation agriculture techniques. His experience is echoed by Catherine, another farmer, who is seeing good results even though the area has only had showers—not major rains. Read more.

We hope you will contribute generously to the Climate Fund! We also encourage you to continue caring for all of creation through prayer and worship, by advocating for an end to hunger, and by taking steps to live more sustainably on God’s good earth. Click on the video below to learn more.

Note: The Climate Fund is not a carbon offset fund. The main aim of this program is to help smallholder farmers in the developing world adapt to the new reality that climate change has already created in their lives. Carbon offset programs support projects that cut greenhouse gas emissions and are sometimes criticized for being a get-out clause to allow business-as-usual by emitters. For our partners in developing countries adaptation is the immediate priority and we want to support them with what they need right now.