What’s disability got to do with climate change?

white background with orange logo depicting a tsunami coming to a house with a person with a can walking awayClimate change is affecting everyone, but when a catastrophic event occurs some people are more at risk than others. Evacuation, temporary shelter, and access to specialist assistance pose specific problems for older people, children and people with disability. So the UN is calling on governments to listen to those who are most affected by natural disasters.

Some countries and regions have disaster plans that pay attention to vulnerable groups. But individuals rarely have plans. Many older people and people with disability are not able to evacuate as quickly as others. Accessing assistance afterwards is also a problem. As a disaster can cause disability this aspect is all the more important. This is one of the findings in Disability and Development Report. which collated data from more than 100 countries. 

You can read an overview in the Pacific Standard article, The UN is calling for inclusion of people with disabilities in the climate change debate