How to be climate-smart

The Climate Centre has developed a wide range of tools, resources and educational games to help Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies around the world be “climate-smart” in their decision-making and risk-reduction work.

The Minimum standards for climate-smart disaster risk reduction (DRR) serve as an essential bridge between national climate policy and local capacity for DRR.

They are practical approaches, achievable by communities with relatively few external resources.

National actors can use them to incorporate community action on DRR into national adaptation strategies.

The Climate Centre also developed a guidance note for practicioners that aims to answer the question: 'How can climate change be considered in Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments?' 

Our Climate Training Kit for Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers includes interactive modules with exercises, games, film clips, presentations, reading material and real-life case studies to help participants address climate impacts and variability.

It links to existing IFRC products and guidance and has been developed in cooperation with Movement partners worldwide.

Educational games are a fun but serious way of helping humanity tackle a changing climate in which complexities, volatilities and uncertainties could be hallmarks of the “new normal” in the global climate.

Over the past few years, the Climate Centre and its partners have designed at least 45 games on a wide range of humanitarian issues: disaster preparedness, gender, food security, climate information, health, road safety and the management of urban waste.

Across five continents, farmers, schoolchildren, Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers, meteorologists, students, government officials, climate policy negotiators, city-dwellers, staff of development banks and donors have experienced the power of game-based learning.

We believe games offer many advantages over traditional teaching that casts stakeholders as passive onlookers. 

The Climate Guide, first published in 2007, details years of experience from more than 30 National Societies in developing countries.

It describes the work of Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers all over the world trying to understand and address climate risks.