Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre

The Climate Crab resources

The islands and territories of the Pacific can experience very wet or dry conditions from El Niño and La Niña along with extreme events like cyclones, and this can have serious impacts on water quality, food security, houses and roads, livelihoods and health.

But good climate and weather information as well as warnings and forecasts help anticipate and prepare for changing risks.

The Climate Crab Toolkit helps educators link information in The Pacific Adventures of the Climate Crab animation to decision-making and action, assisting people working in adaptation, disaster risk management, health, education, food security, community planning, environmental protection, agriculture, and managing natural resources.

The animation and toolkit aim to increase awareness of the science of El Niño and La Niña and their impacts, and encourage discussion of how Pacific island states access forecast information and collaborate with other stakeholders and take early action to prepare for future El Niño and La Niña events.

They are a collaboration by the Australian Red Cross and the Australian government’s Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Program. The project has been implemented by the Red Cross regionwide, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department and the SPC-GIZ Climate Change Program.

The animation premiered in Fiji in July 2013.