Climate change impacts my home and community not only physically but economically.
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When a superstorm like Hurricane Sandy hits communities of color like mine, we are completely unprepared, underfunded, and without the resources that we need to rebuild. Climate change affects our health, our bodies, and our way of living. What is so amazing is that after Hurricane Sandy hit, the people in our community came to us at [my organization] UPROSE and urged them to help prepare them for the next storm.
They want to learn how to adapt to the changing climate and take matters into their own hands to lead the recovery and preparation efforts in our community. Climate change has forced our community to become our own first responders. I have a duty to protect the earth and use my voice to help represent people of color and our frontline communities who are fighting day and night to just survive climate change.
For this movement to be successful, it has to be intergenerational and aligned with frontline-led movements. There has to be a culture of practice that is committed to building just relationships. I hope to see a real push for a just transition to come out of this strike and the UN climate events this month. That means we stop extractive economies and extractive fixes and build a regenerative economy where everyone can thrive. Pollution affects my entire community, not just me, and climate change is making air pollution a lot worse.
I live down the street from an incinerator, and this causes a lot of asthma and breathing problems in my community. Before we moved here, we never had allergies. But now, we are sick all the time from the pollutants in the air. I am joining the climate strike — and the fight for climate and environmental justice — for a better future for my siblings and the generations to come. I would love to see everyone finally own up to the fact that mistakes were made. Only when we own up to these mistakes can we start to make progress toward a greener solution.
When I was 10 years old, my family lived in the evacuation zone of lower Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy. I remember being 10 years old and standing on the steps of my home and watching the floodwaters in the Hudson River come up to my doorstep, which was quite a profound moment. I have been working to organize and will be joining the climate march in order to stand for justice and [against] the injustice that has plagued communities around the world. Here in New York City for the climate strike, we have three main demands.
Number one is no fossil fuels in any part of our democracy or media so that the fossil fuel industry loosens its grip on people in power. The second one is a just transition to percent renewable energy. We understand there are many people around the world whose livelihoods are dependent upon the fossil fuel industry.
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And it is not their fault. It just is the matter of their circumstances. We want to ensure that every single person whose job is affected by this transition, their livelihood can be replaced with renewable and green energy. The third demand is hold polluters accountable. We believe that every single person who has perpetrated these atrocities, the people who are polluting our planet and our oceans, need to be held accountable for what they have done and the injustice that they have caused. The climate strike is not the end goal. We will not end striking and stop acting until our demands are met.
I live in Howard County. I have to say that the one really affected me more because I vividly remember what it was like being out there. We eventually got home and we saw extreme horror on television as it was just everywhere. All the terrible flooding. It was super fast. I know climate change is going to affect me so much right now and in the future. And if we are we mobilized fast enough and if we keep at it, we might actually have a chance at beating the climate crisis, and we might have a chance at actually having a future.
Earplugs to protect me from snoring colleagues, roaring generators and diesel engines. And dental floss, which acts as a strong wire for emergency repairs. And Sid, the Ice Age character, because if everything goes wrong, I can say it is his fault! Here Jesper talks us through some of the highlights of the response. When I heard about the earthquake, I booked a ticket, packed a bag with what I could find at the office, and headed straight for the airport.
While we were on the runway, unfortunately the engine of the plane we were on blew up, so we had to head back. Eventually, I made it onto a flight and arrived in Istanbul.
The West Africa Ebola virus epidemic was the most deadly outbreak of the disease in history. The virus infected 28, people, and killed 11, across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Fragile health systems in heavily affected areas were ravaged. It was quite risky, one of the most challenging missions for me.
People had to carry on with their lives, so it seemed that the streets were full of people, but at the same time you knew that on the fringes, horrible things were happening. The Ebola virus required thousands of community members to take on difficult and dangerous jobs. On 8 October , South Asia was severely hit by a 7. The earthquake was one of the worst natural disasters in South Asia causing massive casualties and leaving over 3.
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The massive international response gave rise to the cluster coordination system, which has transformed humanitarian response to this day. I was in Sudan when it happened. It was shocking. I had discussions with the team in Geneva about what I needed to take. It was really, really cold. But you have to have the affected people at heart. Bhag was so remote and we did not even have maps at the time. What I remember is how building relationships with the community really transformed how we would run things. The acceptance was incredible.
I made friends with people very close to where we were pitching our tents. If responders want to use the toilet, they need to give us information. We had to manoeuvre our way through perilous roads that were damaged and over a creaky bridge that we crossed safely. They got into the airplane and we landed in Islamabad. Next morning, we were the first internationals on the ground. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons on record, struck the Philippines on 3 November It brought strong winds and heavy rains that resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage to homes and infrastructure, affecting more than 14 million people across 44 provinces.
Given its unprecedented scale, it was the first time the UN activated a UN system-wide response for a sudden onset natural disaster. As a result of this, there was an extraordinary outpouring of resources and international surge personnel targeting the region.
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We all gathered in a church, which didn't have a roof anymore. The local population, all our team and other humanitarian organizations were there. And we were all in some ways, cheering together. And hoping for a good future, while it was raining on us.
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I thought it was going to be a one to three-day assessment mission, so I left my Go Bag in Manila. I didn't even have a sleeping bag or a toothbrush… I stayed in Tacloban airport for 14 days… I slept on the tarmac behind the airport. On 26 December a major earthquake occurred off the west coast of Sumatra, triggering powerful tsunamis in the Indian Ocean.
The tsunamis affected seven countries, killing at least , people and displacing 5 million more.
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UNDAC response teams arrived on the scene within hours and days to help the affected governments with victim identification, search and rescue, information management and coordination of the response. One of the things that struck me was that businesses were running as usual in some areas, yet where the tsunami had hit it was complete devastation. They cleared the beaches of the corpses and did proper burials for those people who had been victims.
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