The climate crisis is a humanitarian crisis: Challenges and responses of local action to environmental displacement in Central America and Mexico
The humanitarian sector is being heavily impacted by more frequent and more severe crises as a result of climate change. It is estimated that by 2050 1.6 billion people will be exposed to heatwaves and by 2030 147 million people will be affected by floods. For Latin America and specifically for the Mesoamerican region, droughts have increased and other disasters as a consequence of climate change have resulted in increased displacement, migration, food insecurity, and deaths. Unfortunately, the humanitarian sector remains reactive, slow, and centralised, hindering effective and efficient responses to crises.
This year is of great importance to the international community as the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) will take place in Glasgow under the presidency of the United Kingdom. That is why the Association of Community Health Services (ASECSA), CADENA, and the Salvadoran Association of Humanitarian Aid PRO-VIDA, together with Start Network and with support from Charter for Change, have planned a webinar entitled The Climate Crisis is a Humanitarian Crisis: The Challenges and Responses of Local Action to Environmental Displacement in Central America and Mexico.
The objective of the webinar is to: - To raise awareness of the difficulties that affect communities in Central America and Mexico in the face of the different effects of climate change and that have their effects on migration from different countries seeking access to a better quality of life. - Listen and learn from experts, and especially from local voices, the responses that are being carried out to mitigate or adapt to humanitarian problems. - Call for action by key international actors to ensure that, through local action and institutional coordination, humanitarian responses are more relevant, dignified, and effective.
This webinar will be in Spanish, but there will be English interpretation available.
Date: 12 October 2021 Time: 09:00 Central America / 10:00 Mexico / 16:00 United Kingdom