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#ClimateChange: Help Reduce Risk of Disasters – Live Sustainably!

WORLD – 23rd October, 2015 - When we think about climate change, we usually conjure up images of relatively slow change: ice melting or Earth’s temperature rising. We forget climate change is also increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme natural events such as hurricanes, droughts, floods, and forest fires. Flooding in North Carolina and drought in California are just some examples, which remind us there is more to climate change than rising average temperatures. It means more disasters.

Hazards + Vulnerability Create a Risk of Disasters
The formula for natural disasters is simple: it is the sum effect of a hazard plus community vulnerability. Climate change affects both parts of the sum.
Extreme natural events are hazards. While some natural events occur as part of normal cycles, others are extreme! They would have been very unlikely, if not impossible, without the influence of climate change. As these events gear up in intensity and frequency, disasters will also occur more frequently.
Climate change also affects to the second part of the sum: community vulnerability.  The slow changes in our climate uniquely impact each region. Decreased food availability, a spread of illnesses, and increased energy costs are just some possible effects. Weakened communities are more vulnerable to all hazardous events, including bursts of extreme weather. As climate change gains strength, by end of 2015 the average number of people affected each year is predicted to reach 375 million.

GHGS Increase The Risk Of Disasters.
Greenhouse gas emissions are the primary driver of climate change. They are already changing our climate. Authorities agree that the Earth’s landscape is being reshaped by a variety of influences, including the cascading effects of greenhouse gas emissions to support human activities. The more GHGs released into the atmosphere, the more chances weather will have to show its unpleasant side.
While there is still a lot of uncertainty in the scientific details, we must take action today. If we decide to wait, we may squander the chance to develop communities, which if not necessarily sustainable, will at least be less volatile. While we have seen a lot of progress on the Road to Paris, the truth is that effectively, global governance is weak and the science of climate change is too broad to force policy makers to create quick, sweeping changes.  So, what are our defences? Even as individuals, there is a lot we can do.

Disaster Risk Reduction Is About Choices.
Reducing risk of disasters and the adverse impacts of natural hazards requires that we build resilience in our communities:
  • Act against climate change
  • Help your community adapt to the new realities of brought on by climate change
  • Improve community preparedness
Every person is able to contribute to community resilience. The scale of a disaster depends on the choices we make for our lives and our environment. Each action makes us more vulnerable to disasters – or more resilient to them. These choices relate to everything we do: how we grow our food, where and how we build our homes, what kind of government we have, how our financial system works, and even what we teach in our schools.  Here are some ideas to help you make a difference:

How are you helping build community resilience and preparedness? Share your thoughts on this topic.

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#ClimateChange: Help Reduce Risk of Disasters – Live Sustainably! Reviewed by Olumide Idowu on Friday, October 23, 2015 Rating: 5
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