The World Disasters Report 2020 urges us all to act now to protect people who are most at risk from climate-related disasters, before it is too late.
Released every two years by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the report provides data and analysis on the global impacts of disasters.
COVID-19 demonstrated that humanity has the capacity to recognize and respond to a global crisis, finding resources where none seemed available, and taking unprecedented and rapid steps to respond. Climate change is as significant a challenge to humanity as the coronavirus, and we need to act with the same effort and determination.
The report highlights how people who are already poor and marginalised are often those hit first and hardest by climate-related disasters.
The report highlights the unprecedented 2019-2020 bushfire season, the increase in category 4 and 5 storms, and the exposure of First Nations communities in the Northern Territory to some of Australia’s most severe climate challenges.
We must do more than listen to what science tells us about disaster risks, we must act on it.
Humanitarian agencies can:
We all can: