The world must react with an immediate response to climate change in the form of a coronovirus crisis, the Red Cross said on Tuesday, warning that global warming is a greater threat than Kovid-19.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said in a new report that climate change is not wreaking havoc even after the outbreak of the epidemic.
In the report, on the global catastrophe since the 1960s, the Geneva-based organization reported that the world was in the grip of more than 100 disasters – many of them climatological – since the World Health Organization declared an epidemic in March. More than 50 million people were affected in it.
“Of course, Kovid is there, it’s in front of us, it’s affecting our families, our friends, our relatives,” IFRC Secretary-General Jagan Chapagain said in a press conference.
Regarding the epidemic, he said, “This is a very serious crisis that the world is currently facing.” But he warned that the IFRC expects “climate change to have a more significant medium and long-term impact on human life and the Earth.”
And while it was likely that one or several vaccines would soon be available against Kovid-19, Chapagain insisted that “unfortunately there is no vaccine for climate change”.
‘No vaccine for climate change’
When it comes to global warming, he warned, “Much more sustained action and investment will be needed to truly protect human life on this Earth.”
The IFRC stated that the frequency and intensity of extreme weather and climatic events had already increased significantly in recent decades. In 2019 alone, the world was hit by 308 natural disasters – 77 percent of them climate or weather-related – killing some 24,400 people. The IFRC stated that the number of climatic and meteorological disasters has steadily increased since the 1960s, and increased by about 35 percent.
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This is a fatal development. The report states that weather and climate-related disasters have killed more than 410,000 people over the past decade, most of them in poor countries, with heat and storms proving to be the deadliest. Facing this threat, which is “truly a threat to our long-term survival”, the IFRC called on the international community to do urgent urgent work.
Protect the most vulnerable communities’
It is estimated that approximately 50 billion dollars will be needed over the next 50 years to help the 50 developing countries adapt to the changing climate. The IFRC insisted that the amount was “dwarfed by the global response to the economic impact of Kovid-19,” which has already crossed $ 10 trillion. It also said that much of the money invested so far in climate change prevention and mitigation is not going to be at risk for developing countries.
“Our first responsibility is to protect the communities that are most exposed and vulnerable to climate risks,” said Chapagain, though cautioned that “our research shows that the world has failed to do so collectively.”
“There is a clear disconnect between where climate risk is greatest and where climate adaptation funding goes,” he said.
“This disconnection may very well lead to life.”
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