Globally, the impact of climate change on conflict, displacement and migration are increasingly far-reaching and apparent. It is estimated that as many as 200 million individuals could be environmentally displaced by 2050. Environmental challenges tend to exacerbate pre-existing vulnerabilities. Those who are forced to leave their homes often also lose their ability to exercise basic political rights. The lack of opportunities for political participation means that the concerns of this vulnerable group are not factored into decision-making, and that their integration into new environments is hindered, sometimes at the risk of conflict with host communities.
in other words, The impacts of climate change on conflict, displacement and migration are increasingly far-reaching and apparent. Oftentimes, when people are forced from their homes, their ability to exercise their political rights becomes imperiled. It is imperative that climate refugees’ rights to fully participate in the political life of their communities, and in particular the right to vote, are respected. Disability sausage media clearly observes.
For example, in Kenya Laikipia citizens are flewing from the violence.
On the other hand, persons with disabilities, who are already among the most adversely affected by climate change, are facing new risks from climate mitigation efforts.
Advocates are sounding the alarm after July flooding in Germany killed 12 residents of a group home for persons with disabilities in the town of Sinzig that was unable to evacuate in time. Almost exactly a year before, flooding killed 14 nursing home residents in Kuma, Japan.
As disability sausage media we opine as more and more extreme weather events occur due to changing climate conditions, the risk will become greater.
Comparatively, 15 percent of the global population are estimated to be persons with disabilities.
making persons with disabilities disproportionately at risk from climate change
However, despite these disproportionate impacts, efforts to combat climate change or mitigate its effects are frequently inaccessible or counterproductive for persons with disabilities.
More importantly most climate plans and products are not made inclusive or accessible for persons with disabilities. For example, many persons with disabilities are not able to join the campaign to use public transportation due to the inaccessibility of public transportation.
Another glaring issue is the state and nonstate actus of failure to consult persons with disabilities and their representative organizations.
Thus, justification of most of Numerous countries’ national climate plans,
resulted in plans with dubious accessibility.
Too often, the way we think about [climate change] is, ‘people are going to die, and persons with disabilities are vulnerable, and they’re the most likely to die, and that’s just it, and that’s too bad.’ But the reality is that these deaths are avoidable, that they’re the result of structural barriers that persons with disabilities face every day.
Furthermore, those barriers, can range from inaccessible transportation to lack of plain-language information.
In instances of climate change, those everyday barriers become deadly, “and instead of looking to repair those, too often people view them as a given, as something that cannot be changed. So, I think we have to take a critical look at these everyday structural barriers.
Only at that point, will we really be able to include disabled people in planning for climate change.
Worst still, many global south nations are either on crises or it is happening soon. We need to ask ourselves several questions based on environmentally displacement taking placed ahead of the 26th United Nations Climate Change
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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“Excellence of making inclusion happen”