Geneva/Basel on 07.02.2023.
The Alliance terre des hommes schweiz / Terre des Hommes Switzerland presents a joint climate roadmap to halve their CO2 emissions and thus contribute to a safer future and environment for future generations.
The two organizations terre des hommes schweiz in Basel and Terre des Hommes Suisse in Geneva have pooled their know-how and drawn up a joint roadmap for the climate and the environment: the “Climate and Environmental Roadmap”. The objective is to implement climate-friendly measures in line with the Paris Agreement.
The Alliance is committed to integrating the reduction of its environmental footprint into all its work processes. The Alliance’s fulfillment of its moral obligation to be accountable to its beneficiaries in this regard has been a driving force behind these promises. Indeed, its credibility as a civil society actor committed to the rights of children and youth and to climate justice is at stake.
Franziska Lauper, Director of terre des hommes schweiz: “The young people in our projects have been using sustainable farming methods for decades. They are committed to agro-ecology and contribute to a low-emission agriculture in a small-scale way. As a development policy organization committed to climate justice, it is clear that we must first make our contribution and significantly reduce our ecological footprint. Any other approach would have little credibility.”
Today, more than one and a half million children under the age of five lose their lives each year due to preventable pollution, and millions more suffer from its negative effects. A coherent commitment to the well-being of children and young people means respecting the crucial right of future generations to a healthy and sustainable environment. A more equitable development in terms of resource sharing is therefore the only collectively viable way to meet the current and future needs of humanity. The Alliance terre des hommes schweiz / Terre des Hommes Switzerland commits itself with the Climate Roadmap to take this path together in the future.
Christophe Roduit, Secretary General of Terre des Hommes Switzerland, confirms this: “The protection of our environment is an indispensable condition for the respect of all children’s rights. This is why Terre des Hommes Switzerland is committed in all its actions to taking the necessary measures to reduce its CO₂ footprint by 50% by 2030. It is a matter of consistency and commitment. Children, defending their rights and building their future are at the heart of our actions. That future depends on the state of the planet we leave them!”
The Climate-Roadmap was developed in collaboration with the Climate Action Accelerator. It is the result of several months of joint work by the two teams in Switzerland and in the countries of the program.