|Posted on:||Monday, 18th September, 2023|
People with disabilities, especially those living in poverty, are among those hardest hit by climate change. People like Joan, an amputee, who is President of a local Organisation of People with Disabilities in central Philippines:
“Five to seven years ago we were harvesting between 30 and 50 sacks of rice, but the last time we farmed our land, we only harvested about 10 sacks. This is caused by climate change affecting farmers. Even the occurrence of typhoons is changing – usually we get typhoons in June and July. But in November 2021, it was the strongest typhoon that I’ve ever experienced – our village was flooded for two weeks. I was very vulnerable due to my disability. I couldn’t do anything outside and was confined in our house.”
Climate change is causing an increase in the frequency and severity of humanitarian crises like floods, hurricanes and droughts. 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 is falling on the world’s poorest people – who have done the least to cause it.
In this video, our partner in Malawi tells us about Cyclone Freddy and its impact on mental health:
We are committed to ensuring that people with disabilities are meaningfully included in responses to climate-induced emergencies.
This week, marking the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit – UN Website we will be sharing stories of climate impact from people living with disabilities, and how they are responding to the challenges of climate change.
Join us on social media this week to amplify their voices, advocate for change, and work together towards a more inclusive and sustainable world for all.Back