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Climate Justice

We advocate for inclusive climate change policies that protect people with disabilities who are living in extreme poverty and are among the hardest hit by the climate crisis.

Ezekiel, sitting in his wheelchair, uses a spade to dig a rainwater channel near his home.

People with disabilities, especially those living in poverty, are among those hardest hit by climate change.

There has already been an increase in the frequency and severity of humanitarian crises like floods, hurricanes and droughts due to climate change. People with disabilities are more likely to live in areas prone to disasters because they are more likely to be poor. They are four times more likely than those without disabilities to lose their lives as a result of natural disasters. The greatest threat and burden of climate change will fall on the world’s poorest people – who have done the least to cause it.

Urgent action is needed to respond to this global crisis and people with disabilities must be meaningfully included.

People with disabilities and their representative organisations must be fully included in responses to climate change, from needs identification and programme design to evaluation. As experts in understanding their context and identifying their needs and capabilities, they have a valuable role to play in building innovative solutions. A fully inclusive approach also ensures other marginalised groups will not be left out – it benefits everyone.

Watch this short film featuring people with disabilities in Turkana, Kenya

A main from Kenya using crutches, looking at a lake.
Dani, is stood outside holding some twigs. Rolling hills can be seen in the background.

CBM UK at COP27

In November 2022, CBM UK and CBM Global brought Inclusive Climate Action conversations to COP27, the 27th annual United Nations “Conference of the Parties” meeting on climate. With our partners, we worked to influence negotiations and join the wider civil society discussion to promote and offer practical suggestions for how climate adaptation, loss and damage and resilience can be more inclusive.

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