Climate Change

· For Islamic Relief climate change isn’t an issue for tomorrow if we don’t respond today; but it is an issue for those people in poor and developing countries with long term life effects.

· Responding to this challenge is important to those people from poor and under-developed countries. The effects of Climate Change hit people from regions like West Africa, East Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh and The Sahel Region.

· Physical manifestation of climate change is seen in the severity of Natural Disaster occurrences, such as Floods, Hurricanes, Cyclones and Droughts“A growing number of studies suggest that climate change is affecting the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events” (Report: Feeling the Heat, Pg6)

· Those on the receiving end of Climate Change have lost loved ones, livestock and homes before aid and relief agencies could reach them.

The Facts & Figures:

1. The number of climate-related disasters increased by an average of 4.1% a year from 1980 to 2010.

2. In 2011 alone such disasters killed 27,000 people and cost $380 billion in economic losses. Their financial cost is doubling every 12 years.

3. The richest countries suffer the highest incidence of natural disasters, but only account for 7% of the death toll. Sixty-nine people died in the San Francisco earthquake of 1989, compared to 316,000 in a quake of similar intensity in Haiti in 2010.

4. A dollar of DRR spending can deliver $15 worth of reduced disaster damage, according to US government research.

5. In 2010 the world spent 23 times as much on emergency relief for the ten developing countries hit hardest by disasters as it spent on disaster prevention and preparedness.

6. The five countries worst affected by this year’s Sahel food crisis received just 12 pence for DRR in every £100 of aid received between 2005 and 2010.

7. It costs £400 for Islamic Relief to protect a family in the Gaibanda district of Bangladesh from floods for five years by raising their land, less than the £440 in emergency aid the same family would need in just one month if they lost everything in a major flood.

How does Islamic Relief plan to help people affected by Climate Change?

We implement DRR –Disaster Risk Reduction which means:

  • Helping Communities prepare BEFORE Climate Change related natural disasters strike.
  • DRR is implemented to reduce the impact of Climate Change related Natural Disasters.
  • Examples of how DRR is implemented are: Building raised homes to prevent it being destroyed by sever flooding, providing solutions for Irrigated cropping and even providing floating vegetable patches!

For more information on Climate Change and how Islamic Relief is implementing DRR to help reduce the impact of Climate Change, please read our report

If you would like to send immediate help to those affected by Climate Change, please donate to our Food Solutions Campaign which helps those people suffering from by mal-nutrition and famine (as a result of Climate Change).

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