The climate crisis is here

And it's destroying homes

We’re providing emergency shelter for families who have lost their homes to climate-related disasters, but we need your help.

Right now, our changing climate is creating an unprecedented need for emergency shelter around the world. 

Our storms are getting stronger, creating cyclones and hurricanes that rip up homes. Global temperatures are increasing, leading to devastating droughts that destroy food supplies. And sea levels are rising, resulting in floods that wash away lives.

But this isn’t just a future problem: it’s happening now. And our research shows that if extreme weather events continue to increase at current rates, we face losing 167 million homes by 2040. That’s the equivalent of all our homes in the UK wiped out six times.

 

 

Every day, people are losing their homes to climate-related extreme weather events and conflict. Our changing climate is making it harder to live.

We’re calling for people all across the UK to help people living with the effects of the climate crisis right now.

Read on to learn more and see how you can support families who are losing their homes today.

Our message to the G7 leaders


From 11 – 13 June, the G7 leaders met on our home turf in Cornwall.

But the climate commitments from the summit were underwhelming. More progress is needed as the climate crisis wipes out homes around the world.

“We need to go to COP 26 with a renewed call to support families with emergency shelter after disaster, as well as longer-term projects to build more sustainable, durable homes and livelihoods that can weather the coming storm.

“As long as the climate crisis continues to wipe out homes through drought, flooding, wildfires and extreme storms, ShelterBox will continue to support families who are on the front line of the destruction.” – Sanj Srikanthan, ShelterBox CEO

Photo credit: Adam Gasson/PA Wire

We’re calling on our leaders to not only continue to support a global reduction in emissions of harmful pollutants and gases, but go further to improve the lives of people already dealing with the consequences of climate change and COVID-19:

1. Commit to providing emergency shelter to communities all over the world facing devastating new disasters caused by our heating world.

2. Support longer-term projects to help countries afford disaster-resilient housing and sustainable livelihoods, as changing weather affects agriculture-dependent communities.

3. Ensure vaccines are not only affordable and available to all countries, but also support the logistics needed to get vaccines to every corner of the globe.

On the frontline of the climate crisis

Sagarika lived with her family in their cherished West Bengal home for 25 years. A home that had managed to withstand the storms common to the region.

But when Cyclone Amphan hit with devastating force, it destroyed their home and their livelihood.

Read Sagarika’s story and discover how ShelterBox helped her family to recover.

A humanitarian crisis


When we think of climate change, we tend to think of the natural world first – polar bears on melting ice caps, or forests in flames.

These things are important, but we must recognise that increasingly extreme weather is having a devastating impact on humans too. It is causing irreversible damage, robbing families of homes, livelihoods and loved ones.

This map tells a story of a single year in the life of our planet (2019). It shows that the climate crisis is a humanitarian crisis too.

We must act now to make a difference.

See the map

World map with climate change disasters

How ShelterBox can help


We provide emergency shelter and tools for families who have lost their home to disaster, enabling them to rebuild their lives.

Supporting communities who have lost their homes to extreme weather events has been a significant part of our work for the last 20 years.

As the climate crisis continues to destroy homes and livelihoods, we are working to reach some of the world’s most vulnerable people. People who are bearing the brunt of the increase in extreme weather and the ravages of conflict.

Find out more

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Why disasters are not natural

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John's story

Read how John and his family protected themselves from the menacing cyclone and how ShelterBox helped.

It's vital we act now

Working on the frontline, we can help the most vulnerable families survive in the aftermath of extreme weather events.

That’s why we need your help now. So we can be ready to give people the life-changing support they need, when they need it.