From boat schools in Bangladesh to Kenyan women farmers learning new skills, those on the frontlines of climate change have valuable experience in how to cope.
By Shameran Abed | Executive Director, BRAC International
As this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) unfolds, the world is facing coinciding crises. Multiple regions hit their highest-ever recorded surface temperatures this year, tens of millions of people are being displaced by climate-related disasters, thousands more continue losing their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic every day, and economic shocks are set to push nearly 100 million more people into extreme poverty by the end of 2021.
In the face of these intersecting disasters, we need to support resilience and recovery for the people who are being left behind. To take effective steps, global actors will need to listen to those with the most experience responding, adapting to and preparing for major shocks. That expertise lies in the Global South.