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The Phillipines is one of the most vulnerable places to the climate crisis, with little standing between the islanders and the sea. When the cyclone hit in March 2019 many homes were lost. Virginia was a coconut farmer but was forced, after the cyclone, to live much closer to the sea to make a livelihood.

The islands were largely dependent on dirty fossil fuels for all their needs with little access to mainland electricity. Christian Aid’s partner’s ‘The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities’, have begun solar power training and now there is a group of women who are trained in the use of solar power. On Virginia’s island they can use a solar lamp to catch fish in a sustainable manner in order to survive, and the island’s only baker can bake bread to be ready early each morning. This has also enabled them to have news of weather patterns and receive warnings of another cyclone before it hits their island.

A simple small change, which enables people on the islands to make a living and to be more resilient to disasters such as cyclones and rising sea levels