NICARAGUA & CLIMATE CHANGE
On a visit to Nicaragua earlier this year the Inter-American Bank president praised the country as a ‘model for the world on the shift to green energy.’
Help us raise awareness of how climate change is affecting Nicaragua and what is being done to address those changes.
September 2016 - August 2017
Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign
Nicaragua ranks 4th on an index of nations suffering as a consequence of extreme weather events. Climate change is causing a decline in agriculture, water insecurity, coastal flooding, the collapse of ecosystems and increased health risks. Coffee production is at risk and many families are going hungry.
On the positive side, Nicaragua has moved from 25% of renewable sources in 2007 to 52% in 2013, remarkable given that it is the 2nd poorest country in Latin America & the Caribbean.
We are bringing over a Nicaraguan expert on climate to speak at a large event n November and are planning a UK speaker tour next year. We are funding a small project in Nicaragua and plan to publish two illustrated briefings using Nicaragua as an example of a highly vulnerable but inspirational country.
We are not aiming to solve Nicaraguan's climate change problems but to highlight the difficulties and to show what this small country is doing to help itself.
We will bring over a Nicaraguan speaker on climate justice in the autumn and to tour the UK in 2017.
Activities» Dr Paul Oquist, Nicaragua's Minister for Public Policy & climate change expert will speak to 600 people at the Latin American conference in November.
» Our 2017 speaker will visit several parts of the UK and will visit community, green and trade union groups etc, all involved in climate change.
600 people will attend the conference. If smaller meetings are well-attended and new people want to be involved in our work afterwards then the tour will have been a success.
We will publish two briefings about Nicaragua and climate change and disseminate them widely.
Activities» Journalists, activists, academics, our supporters etc will be sent the briefings and we will post them on our website, Facebook page, Twitter.
If our material is quoted or published on other websites, in articles, in presentations etc. we will judge the briefings to be a success. Nicaragua needs a higher profile.
Raise funds for the Mend a Roof scheme for those affected by unpredictable rainfall (see photo).
Activities» Many of Nicaragua's poor live in houses with roofs which are unsafe and let in the rain. UNE is providing materials and labour to improve such homes.
The scheme will be a success if we raise some funds! We will add the funds to that raised through an appeal, collections and the Gift For Nicaragua on our online shop.
This is hard to say. Nicaragua is a very poor country with excellent fairtrade, environmental, health, womens and educational projects. However, it hardly gets in the news; there is no war to attract attention and little crime; good news about measures to mitigate the effects of climate change is not deemed newsworthy.
We at NSC work in solidarity with Nicaraguan organisations and social movements struggling for social and economic justice. They tell us that our efforts do make a difference.
In the past our speaker tours and publications have been well received. There are few risks.
The Mend a Roof scheme is already underway in the capital, Managua.
Any donor who so wishes will be sent a speaker tour programme in case they would like attend one of the events, the climate change briefings and feedback with photos of the Mend a Roof scheme.
Budget - Project Cost: £4,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £2,500 Speaker tour in UK - 10 days Flight, interpreter, trains, some meals and accomodation but we receive much on a voluntary basis. £1,250 Two briefings Design, print, postage, research time £250 Mend A Roof sheme Through our online shop, emails etc
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount individuals £50 Guaranteed
NSC is based in an office in London where we have 4 part-time workers. We have one part-time in Managua, Nicaragua where the Mend-a-Roof sheme is also based.
We hope the following will benefit: In the UK, those interested in Nicaragua and in climate change. In Nicaragua, some of the poorest in Nicaragua whose roofs will have been mended)
We are the only organisation working solely on Nicaragua in the UK. There are NGOs who fund projects in Nicaragua but none who do campaigning, publications or speaker tours as we do.
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