Feeling the Heat

We owe it to the world’s poorest people to take decisive action to help them prepare for the worst, rather than standing by and hoping for the best. 

Author: Martin Cottingham (Islamic Relief UK), Dr. Victoria Johnson (nef – new economics foundation) and Sarah Stewart (Development Consultant)
Country: International
Category: Climate Change and Food Security

As climate change bites, natural disasters such as floods, drought and tropical storms are becoming more frequent and severe. The people paying the heaviest price are the world’s poorest communities, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

With the global economy stagnating, the international community can ill afford to throw ever-increasing amounts of emergency aid at the countries affected by these disasters. And poor communities can ill afford an approach that is content simply to pick up the pieces after disaster strikes, regardless of the cost in human lives and livelihoods.

Islamic Relief believes that what the poor really need is proper protection against disaster – programmes that strengthen their resilience and ensure they are better equipped to withstand climatic extremes. Our growing experience of ‘disaster risk reduction’ (DRR) projects is that they offer huge potential to save lives and save money. What our research reveals, however, is that the resources allocated to such projects are woefully inadequate.

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