The Anatomy of a Human Crisis

We all understand climate change to be a critical concern and an issue worth attention and effort; a comprehensive study issued by the Global Humanitarian Forum(GHF) today supports the notion in no uncertain terms:

  • Climate change today accounts for over 300,000 deaths throughout the world each year.  By 2030, the annual death toll from climate change will reach half a million people a year.
  • Economic losses due to climate change are estimated to be more than $125 billion per year – expected to reach almost $340 billion annually by 2030.
  • A majority of the world’s population doesn’t have the capacity to cope with climate change without suffering a potentially irreversible loss of wellbeing and risk of loss of life.  The populations most gravely at risk are over half a billion people in some of the world’s poorest and under-developed areas.

Is there any light at the end of this grim tunnel?  The call to action issued along with the GHF study is for world leaders at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to take notice and take action, swiftly and collectively.

“Climate change … is a gross injustice – poor people in developing countries bear over 90% of the burden … yet are least responsible for creating the problem. Despite this, funding from rich countries to help the poor and vulnerable adapt to climate change is not even 1% of what is needed. This glaring injustice must be addressed at Copenhagen in December.”

Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam GB
and Global Humanitarian Forum Board Member.

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