With the world’s leaders focused on fixing problems related to climate change this week in Paris, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is bringing attention to how these problems affect vulnerable communities around the world.
Reuters reports on his opening day speech at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21), with a warning that the toll climate-related disasters are taking on the poor could wipe out decades of economic and social development improvements.
It’s clear there’s a need for protecting the poor because of the ripple effects of climate change. “As climate impacts increase, we will see greater disruption to economies and international security,” he said. “It is imperative that we strengthen resilience and build adaptive capacity, especially in small island developing states, the least-developed countries, and most African nations.”
The Secretary-General’s initiative brings together businesses, governments, U.N. agencies, and research institutions to collaborate on financing and knowledge of how best to equip countries to adjust to, and better deal with, climate risks. This will help the most vulnerable communities reshape their focus and move forward in spite of events related to extreme weather and climate change.
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You can read the full article from Reuters here to learn more about the work being done to put specific strategies in place. Also, Earth to Paris! Don’t forget to make your voice heard by being part of the global conversation. Follow @globalmomschall and the hashtag #EarthToParis and let the world hear you!
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