Cause and Effect Relationship: How to write Proposals on Projects addressing Climate Change

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In defining the problem, it is important that we are clear about the cause we are trying to address. Sometimes, causes and effects can become very confusing and we may just end up addressing the effects while the cause continues to remain the same. For example, deforestation can lead to loss of livelihood for the communities due to land degradation, but here it is not just enough to address livelihoods by introducing new sources of income for the people because the actual cause of the problem is climate change. Therefore, it is necessary for us to delve deeply into the problem and reach to a cause that can be practically addressed.

Another good example for an NGO-led project against climate change can be advocacy at micro and macro-level. We can propose a project on raising awareness on global warming among communities by organizing media campaigns, awareness workshops and other means of information dissemination. Here the problem or the rationale can be that the high level of human activity such as farming, irrigation, electricity consumption etc is leading to some change in the weather. Sensitizing government officials and private agencies on the climate change is also a relevant area of intervention.