Hivos believes in the power of people everywhere to improve their situation and control their lives. Most poor people live in rural areas and their basic livelihoods depend on the state of their natural environment, which is coming under increasing threat from climate change. But they can act to counter this threat by using renewable energy sources and climate-smart agricultural methods that both improve their living conditions and help to mitigate climate change. Carbon finance makes these new technologies more affordable, which is why Hivos supports access to it for the rural poor. Read more.