According to the latest WEF Global Risks Report, four of the five top risks are related to the environment. The world’s poorest and most marginalized communities are already, and will be, the hardest hit by the effects of climate change, environmental crisis and their consequences.
Our Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty vision compels us to “walk the talk” on climate change and the environment, that is:
- Take all necessary measures to reduce our climate and environmental footprint at both an organisational and operational level;
- Identify local and global solutions to climate change focusing on the most vulnerable, and;
- Upscale our programming related to fighting climate change and preserving the environment.
ACTED’s 3 Zero vision aims at positively impacting the issues of exclusion, climate change and poverty, in line with the principles of the European Green Deal and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Zero Exclusion, because nobody should be left behind; Zero Carbon, because we only have one planet; and Zero Poverty, because poverty should not hold back potential.
As the environmental crises deepens, aid agencies such as ACTED are faced with two simultaneous challenges. We must propose coherent and proactive actions to respond to this crisis and support populations to be more resilient (…) and we must positively contribute to the collective responsibility by greening our operations
In line with our vision and ambition to reach a Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty world, we embrace an ambitious greening strategy to tackle environmental degradation and climate change, while meeting the needs of the most vulnerable. This requires adapting our internal organisational procedures on the one hand, and upscaling our programming related to fighting climate change on the other hand.