It is widely acknowledged that our planet’s climate is changing and that this will increasingly have the most noticeable impact on the poorest in our global community. Empathy Action team member, Paul Williams, attended a conference in Gloucester, looking at these important issues.
The John Ray Initiative Conference looked at a variety of topics relating to the effects of humanity’s carbon emissions on the planet. Allan Findlay, Professor of Population Studies at the University of St Andrews, spoke on climate change and human migration.
The global population at risk from climate change is increasing rapidly, partly due to economic migration to the coastal cities of Asia which face danger from rising sea levels. Many of these economic migrants will end up in the slums and shanty towns of these rapidly growing urban sprawls.
Findlay argued that as the poorest and most vulnerable are the least able to adapt to climate change by relocating, it is important to build resilience among these ‘trapped populations’. Whilst a massive reduction in carbon emissions is essential, preparing for their harmful consequences is also a necessity.
Life on the Edge
The challenging environment in which such resilience building must take place is portrayed in Empathy Action’s slum simulation. When living from day to day, eking out enough to survive, investing in the long term resilience of your community is low on the agenda.
Looking to the future, we would love to develop a simulation that focuses on the threat of climate change and ways to address it. If this is an area you have experience in or if you work with communities who face these challenges then please get in touch.