“The push for progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions must be pursued with unshakable resolve, but it must be accompanied by an equally strong push for investment in resilient infrastructure in the poorest places on Earth, where adaptation to climate change is now a matter of life or death.” – Mami Mizutori, Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Extreme weather events and the devastation that follows, as seen from Cyclone Idai that recently hit Beira one of Mozambiques largest cities, exposes the risks that vulnerable communities face due to climate change. Communities in the developing world are on the front line and will continue to feel the greatest impacts due to rapid urbanization, growing slums in high risk areas, lack of resilient infrastructure, the loss of protective ecosystems and poverty. In this¬†The Washington Post article, Mizutori discusses how human’s short memories and innate optimism is leading to slow and unambitious climate action strategies that do not reduce emissions fast enough or include the investment necessary to build resilience and adapt to climate change.

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