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Why get involved? The Big Climate Connection on 5–6 November is the next step in the growing movement to stop climate chaos. Smart solutions Here’s a list of smart solutions: examples of what we’re doing to help people adapt to climate change, reducing its impact on their lives. None of these on its own is enough. But each one can help people thrive in spite of a changing climate. 1. You When extreme weather means the worst happens to people already struggling to survive, the support of amazing people like you saves lives. Get involved and make a donation. 2. Raising homes In areas where floods are getting higher, lasting longer and threatening more lives, we’re working with local people to raise homes above the flood level by moving houses onto higher foundations. 3. Faster maturing crops Speedy seeds that take just 70 days to mature can be used to schedule an extra growing season or make sure crops are grown and harvested before expected droughts or floods. 4. Weather forecasts With traditional farming calendars becoming unreliable, we work to ensure communities can access the information they need to stay on top of the weather – radios to access Met office information, and training on how to interpret short- and long-term forecasts and climate change reports. 5. Rainwater harvesting When rainy seasons are unpredictable and uncertain, every drop of rainwater is precious. Water pans harvest rain for vegetable gardens and to irrigate crops, while rooftop collections go towards household needs. 6. Camellones Raised platforms of earth for growing crops, surrounded by water channels – used in Bolivia as a great solution to the seasonal flooding and increasing drought conditions. They mean crops aren’t lost, and as a bonus water and nutrients are captured in the channels, so less watering is needed during the dry season. 7. Seed and food storage A ridiculously simple solution – waterproof plastic tubs with lids protect seed and food, making it quick and easy to transport if families need to move to safety fast. 8. Flood shelters When extreme weather hits, life has to go on. Flood shelters on raised ground provide a safe space for clinics and schools where families and livestock can wait out the worst. 9. Raised wells When floods hit, contaminated water supplies mean diseases spread – so we’re working with communities to raise wells above flood levels. 10. Income diversification Helping people who traditionally make a living off the land explore less climate-dependent ways to supplement their income. 11. Micro-irrigation Irrigation systems fed by local rivers and powered by solar pumps bring dwindling harvests back to full productivity again. And that means good food and an improved source of income all year round. 12. Drought-tolerant seeds We work with local people to identify the ideal crops for the worsening conditions, including less thirsty seeds that take just 70 days to mature. 13. Portable clay stoves Lightweight and easy to carry to higher ground during flood alerts, the portable clay stoves used in Bangladesh help families prepare food whatever happens. 14. Farmer field schools Knowledge is power. We help farmers understand what climate change means to them and provide a buffer zone for them to take risks and try new farming methods and crops, guaranteeing income or food if their experiments don’t work. 15. Aviation and Maritime Tax We think it’s only right that international shipping and aviation emissions are subject to a sensible tax – particularly as it could reduce emissions and raise up to $30bn a year. If you agree, ask Chris Huhne, the UK’s climate change secretary, to support it too. 16. Natural flood barriers Frontline protection against floods and storm surges, as nature intended – we work with communities to rehabilitate natural barriers such as mangroves, or plant new grasses and trees that bind the soil and break the water surges. 17. Disaster preparedness training Swimming lessons, First Aid courses, search and rescue training, evacuation planning... learning lifesaving skills when the going’s good means communities are better equipped to help themselves in harder times. 18. Roof platforms For families in Vietnam, sometimes it’s good to be left high and dry. Raised platforms in the roofs of homes provide safe storage for dried foods and important documents in the event of a flood, and a safe, dry place for families to wait out the waters. 19. Raising latrines Low-level toilet facilities create an unsanitary soup when floods strike, contaminating water sources with severe waterborne diseases like diarrhoea and cholera. Building latrines on higher ground means waste stays where it should when the waters come. 20. Reforestation Trees are lifesavers. They help to regulate local rainfall, smoothing out the extremes of drought and deluge, and also help prevent floods and landslides by absorbing the waters that would otherwise run off. 21. Robin Hood Tax We’re huge supporters of the proposed Robin Hood Tax – a tiny transactional tax on bankers that could free up $400bn globally for adapting to climate change and other good causes. Why not ask Chris Huhne, the UK’s climate change secretary, to support it too? 22. Floating vegetable gardens Rafts of bamboo, plant-material and dung make a brilliant base for growing fruit and veg. So even during floods, families have food to eat and a means to make a living. 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