Monday, 30 November 2020

Global response to climate change is failing those most in need

As we continue to work hard in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay to fight for greater awareness of environmentalism and climate change in the local area, it is also important that we recognise the climate emergency which we are faced with on a global scale. 


A recent report from the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) has found that the global response to climate change is failing the most vulnerable global communities, with a “clear disconnection between where the climate risk is greatest and where climate adaptation funding goes.” This comes as a particular concern alongside further findings that “Over the past decade, 83 per cent of all disasters were caused by extreme weather and climate-related events such as floods, storms, and heatwaves. Together, these disasters killed more than 410,000 people and affected a staggering 1.7 billion people.”


While public attention has been turned towards the current pandemic and the burdening impact of Brexit on the UK economy, it is important that we remain mindful of the failures of both the UK and the international community as a whole to effectively respond to the climate emergency and address the existential threat it may pose. 


Canterbury and District Green Party, alongside the Green Party of England and Wales, continue to work diligently to stand up to the climate emergency on a local, national and global scale. Genuinely green policies will always remain at the forefront of our agenda at all levels of governance, as is demonstrated through the comprehensive Green New Deal for the UK economy in our national party's manifesto as well as climate focussed policies in our own manifesto for Canterbury and District. 


If you would like to know how you can get more involved with our Canterbury campaigns, please contact our local party at canterburydistrictgreenparty@gmail.com .