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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Climate Change Daily Vid Nov 14 2017: My home are the islands of Kiribati

Calling for urgent action to build the resilience of the people most vulnerable to climate and weather extremes around the world - to avoid drastic humanitarian consequences.

In 2017 alone, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in more than a decade battered an estimated 1.2 million people and posed a serious threat to millions – and was just one hurricane in a series that pummelled the region.

South Asia experienced the worst floods in a century. Across the region, more than 41 million people have been affected with vast destruction of agriculture and housing.

Within climate negotiations, focus is often directed towards the vulnerability of a country to climate change.

The IFRC, it is important to focus not only at the country level, but consider the people who are mostly likely to suffer the humanitarian consequences of climate change.

Some communities will be dis-proportionally affected by climate change for a number of reasons.

National Adaptation Plans and National Determined Contributions should consider, as a priority, ways to identify and protect those most vulnerable, especially poor women and girls, and to assist the inclusion of their views in UNFCCC processes and implementation of the Paris Agreement in order not to leave them behind Best Sellers Climate Change

Lord Nicholas Stern

Today’s young people can and should hold their parents’ generation to account for their present actions. They can elicit an emotional response that can motivate action. If thinking about the lives of unborn future generations seems too abstract to motivate you to act, try instead looking a young child or grandchild in the eye and asking yourself what sort of future you are leaving for them. There is something that, on reflection, many adults would surely find repugnant in the idea that they will leave their children a damaged planet that will radically affect their life possibilities. Lord Nicholas Stern

Kiribati President Anote Tong

"…I remember I had been trying to convince him to visit Kiribati and he did in 2011. He came to Kiribati and I remember he went to visit one of these communities that was flooded every time there is very high tides and there was this young boy who stepped up to the Secretary General and said Mr. Secretary General, you are a very important man you know, is there something that you can do to ensure I will have a future, that I will have a home. And the Secretary General came back and he said Mr. President I have been listening to you at the General Assembly but I never truly understood what it was you trying to communicate but now I do and I feel and I understand I would do everything that I can”