Please see the statement below from Kayly Ober, Senior Advocate at Refugees International and Climate Displacement Program Manager:
“The latest report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a grim picture: the scale of current and future impacts of climate change is far greater than previously recognized. before and is already contributing to displacement and humanitarian crises around the world.
IPCC scientists have found with great confidence that climate and weather extremes drive population shifts in all regions of the globe. They are also confident that in the medium to long term, displacement will increase with the intensification of heavy rainfall and associated flooding, tropical cyclones, drought and, increasingly, rising sea levels. sea. For organizations working on the ground with displaced communities, this assessment is not without evidence. However, this is the first time that scientists have agreed with a high degree of confidence on the role of climate change in displacement.
The report also shows that the increase in extreme weather and climate events has already exposed millions of people to acute food insecurity. This has had a detrimental effect on frontline communities who depend on natural ecosystems for their livelihoods, including indigenous peoples, small-scale food producers and low-income households.
Refugees International welcomes the report’s inclusion of references to ‘loss and damage’, or impacts that go beyond the limits of adaptation, despite political opposition to doing so. The report makes it clear that financial support for climate adaptation remains insufficient; and that without increased and targeted adaptation support, ‘loss and damage’ becomes increasingly likely for communities at risk.
This report is a clear call to the international community and to the countries most responsible for carbon emissions to respect their promises to mobilize 100 billion dollars a year for adaptation measures. The report also reinforces the urgent need for the United States and others to establish safe and legal pathways for people displaced by climate-related events to countries less affected by the worst impacts of climate change.
The international response to the war in Ukraine has shown us that rapid collective action is possible. Both the EU and the US have shown their willingness to welcome people and offer protection to those fleeing life-threatening circumstances. This kind of initiative and determination must continue to address the climate crisis.”
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Refugees International Vice President for Strategic Outreach, Sarah Sheffer, at [email protected] or +1 202 540 7029.