Jan Egeland, deputy executive director of Human Rights Watch, said on Friday in Bangkok that the world can prevent the loss of millions of lives from climate disasters by ensuring information on climate change reaches the most vulnerable people.
“There is an enormous disconnect between the thousands and thousands of scientists who know more and more about what’s happening and can predict more and more… and those who need to know: the farmers, the health workers, the vulnerable communities” said Egeland, who co-chairs an international taskforce set up to compile and make available climate information.
“If we are not able to help the one to two billion people … that are really unprepared (for climate change)… we will see again an increasing number of lives lost in disasters and we’ll see more and more countries locked in poverty. That’s what at stake,” said the outspoken former U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.
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