Climate Change Adaptation

World over there is a raging debate of climate change. There is a greater concern over the problem &  greater articulation of solutions emanating from the cities, which are the primary contributors to the climate change. The irony is the creators of this problem ask the main sufferers of the problem to adapt and tell them how to adapt!.  Several studies confirm that Cities meet approximately 72 percent of their energy demand from coal, oil, and natural gas, the main contributors to greenhouse gas emissions that are causing  climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that average sea level rose 0.17 meter in the 20th century and predicts a 1 meter rise over the next 100 years linked to climate change. Small scale agricultural producers and workers in allied sectors, fishing communities and forest dwellers have already been taking the negative impacts of climate change to their stride and moving on with their innovative coping strategies and adaptive capacities. Its however now the time to call for and push for committed and decisive actions to reduce green house gasses and mitigate climate change.

Looking at the health impacts of climate change, World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that ‘climate-friendly’ investments in transport, energy and housing could help reducing green house gasses. Many forms of asthma and allergies, as well as heart disease and strokes related to increasingly intense heat waves and cold spells could be addressed by more climate-friendly housing measures.  WHO laments that  not enough attention is being paid to the housing risks of rapidly growing developing cities, and how more climate-friendly housing and urban design could improve the health of the poor, as well as reduce climate change. Overall, WHO suggests that sustainable development policies in housing, transport, and household energy may benefit health right away – even if the broader climate gains are realized over years or decades.

Key Lesson: Investments in, and use of, safe walking/cycling and public transport networks save money, improve physical fitness, reduce obesity and also mitigates climate change.

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