The Climate Emergency: World Humanitarian Day 2021

Every year, the lives and livelihoods of millions of people are destroyed by disasters – both caused and made worse by the climate emergency. That number is growing. 

From wildfires to droughts, we’ve seen both rich and poor countries hit. But the world’s most vulnerable bear the brunt. As the COVID-19 pandemic starkly highlights, emergencies deepen poverty, widen inequality and threaten global security.

Most climate campaigns focused on slowing climate change and securing the planet’s future. But this year’s World Humanitarian Day 2021 highlights the immediate consequences of the climate emergency for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Sounding the Siren: A Scoping Report  

UK-Med is collaborating with HCRI (at the University of Manchester) and Save the Children UK on a report to look at just that – how do we save lives in the face of increasingly frequent, severe and complex emergencies? How will a stretched aid system get ready for the climate emergency? What lessons can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure the most vulnerable don’t continue to suffer the most?

The report will be launching in October and aims to ensure the needs of the people most affected by the climate crisis are listened to by policy makers at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021.

Read more about the report here.

Help us to sound the siren

As we approach the report publication, we’ll be asking you to lend your voices to #SoundTheSiren and help spur on the urgent action needed. In the meantime, if you’d like to be one of the first to see the report when it’s published, please sign-up below.

What is World Humanitarian Day?

This day was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 people – many of them aid workers.

Each year, the day has a theme to bring together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.

This year, it highlights the immediate human cost of the climate crisis by pressuring world leaders to take meaningful climate action for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Learn more about World Humanitarian Day.

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