Disability and the Climate Crisis

Disability inclusive climate action at CBM UK

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.


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.

Read more about progress on disability inclusion and climate justice at COP27 - and the significant challenges ahead – in our blog: Why is disability still waiting for real progress on inclusive climate action? Five takeaways from COP27.

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