SCI says Climate disasters to affect 200M people by 2050
By: Femi Mustapha
Save the Children International Nigeria (SCI) has said climate emergency is wreaking havoc across the world at a scale that the humanitarian community and people on the front-lines cannot manage.,saying over 200 million people. across the Globe will be affected by climate-related disasters, in 2050.
The Acting Country Director, SCI Shannon Ward, stated this in a statement to mark the 2021 World Humanitarian Day and made available to the media in kaduna yesterday.
Shannon Ward added that humanitarian funding needs could increase to US$20 billion annually by 2030.
She therefore called for a renewed effort by government and other stakeholders in fostering a meaningful exchange on what the climate crisis means to people, its impact on Nigeria, especially in the North East and possible action that can be taken to reduce the impact on people who are already facing humanitarian crisis.
” As we celebrate the World Humanitarian Day, it is important to remember that the combination of climate change and conflict pushes people out of their homes, disrupts food production and supplies, amplifies diseases and malnutrition, and weakens health-care services.
“Children have contributed the least to the climate crisis, and yet we know that they are paying the highest price. In addition, climate change increases risks of violent conflict by amplifying poverty and economic shocks while wreaking havoc across the world at a scale that people and humanitarian organizations on the frontline cannot manage.
“Save the Children International Nigeria said, “Climate change is real. We should be able to learn from other countries and strengthen our early warning system and disasters management mechanism in Nigeria.
“With the level of flooding we experienced in some parts of Nigeria, and the conflict in the North East, I feel we need to do more to prevent anything that could lead to people being displaced from their communities and source of livelihood; which will eventually push the humanitarian workers on the edge”.
“The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies estimates that following climate-related disasters, the number of people in humanitarian need could double to over 200 million by 2050, and humanitarian funding needs could increase to US$20 billion annually by 2030. “