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Climate, Conflict and the Environment

The impacts of climate disruption are being increasingly felt across the globe, threatening lives and livelihoods and affecting food and economic security.

On 20 May 2021, Australian Red Cross, Clifford Chance and the International Committee of the Red Cross co-hosted a panel event on Climate, Conflict and the Environment.

The impacts of climate disruption are being increasingly felt across the globe, threatening lives and livelihoods and affecting food and economic security. Countries and populations experiencing armed conflict are particularly vulnerable. This gives rise to several important questions, including:

  • What is the impact of climate change on people affected by conflict and its role in triggering or exacerbating conflict?
  • Is existing international law sufficient to address the impact of climate change on both the environment and people caught up in conflict?
  • What are the health implications of climate change for vulnerable people affected by or at risk of conflict?

We were joined by expert panellists Dr Catherine-Lune Grayson (ICRC Policy Adviser and author of When Rain Turns to Dust), Clementine Rendle (ICRC Regional Legal Adviser) and Dr Tarun Weeramanthri (President, Public Health Association of Australia and author of the Climate Health WA Inquiry report) to discuss these and other pressing issues.

With sincere thanks to the volunteers of the WA International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee of Australian Red Cross for coordinating this event.