The Global Response to Climate Change must be Disability Inclusive

On June 30th, CBM Ireland will launch a report on how climate change has impacted persons with disabilities.  Through a small scale survey and interviews with persons with disabilities and organisations representing persons with disabilities, the short paper explores and analyses how climate change impacts on the lives of persons with disabilities from four different perspectives – personal, programme, policy and political.

Some of the reports key findings highlighted the challenges persons with disabilities face on a personal level with the impact of climate change directly affecting access to nutrition, loss of livelihood opportunities and lack of access to critical life-saving information before, during and after climate-related weather events. Other challenges highlighted included, lack of inclusion of persons with disabilities in mainstream climate mitigation and adaption programmes, an under-investment in capacity building on how to integrate a disability inclusive climate response and invisibility of the voices and perspectives of persons with disabilities in global and national climate policy forums.

To launch this report, CBM will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, June 30th. Mesfin Kebede, Vita’s Knowledge Agriculture & Innovation Senior Expert in Ethiopia, will represent Vita at this even which will explore how persons with disabilities are one of the most at risk groups to the impacts of accelerating climate change. Mesfin will be sharing Vita’s reflections on the paper during the webinar.

We are delighted to participate in such a pivotal and urgent conversation and look forward to exploring the insights this research paper promises to foster. To register your attendance at this event, click here.

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