The mission of CREATE! is to assist rural populations in developing countries to respond to the increasingly disastrous effects of global warming on their lives, livelihoods, families and communities.
These effects include drought; longer dry seasons and shorter rainy seasons; water scarcity; decreased food production; desertification; and soil erosion. CREATE! recognizes that the serious effects of global climate change are themselves causes of further debilitating effects -- that physical and social problems are intricately inter-connected and inter-dependent.
Among these are malnutrition; lack of potable water and consumption of contaminated water; decreased health and well-being; increasing scarcity of fuelwood; decreasing capacity for animal husbandry; reduced opportunities for livelihood; increased poverty; an increase in flight by rural youth to overcrowded urban areas; and the break-down of traditional and cultural life in rural villages.
CREATE! seeks to respond to this inter-connected crisis in rural villages through a strategy that decreases dependence on fossil fuels and increases the use of renewable energy and "appropriate" technologies for a more sustainable, human needs-based development at the village level.
Such small-scale, accessible, and low-cost techniques and technologies are central to CREATE!’s village-based activities in the critical areas of environmental protection and maintenance; water provision; local food production; renewable energy and energy conservation; and income generation.
CREATE! is founded on the principle that all people have a right to the basic requirements of human life necessary for a becoming existence: water, food, shelter, health, energy, and a means of earning a livelihood. CREATE! is committed to assisting village populations in developing countries in meeting these basic human needs through a culturally respectful and participatory process of self-development.