For a lot of youth around the world, disasters and aid are just concepts—something they might view on television or read about online, but never actually experience first-hand.
Climate change, population growth, and urbanization are bringing some of the greatest challenges of our time. Just a few days ago we experienced one of the most powerful storms in history, Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines, killing thousands.
Preparation reduces the damage caused by typhoons, earthquakes and other hazards, but sometimes the power of nature overwhelms all.
The effects of global climate change are multifaceted. Pacific nations are highly vulnerable to the impacts, including intensified storm surges, cyclones, and rising sea levels.
Picture this: rapid urbanization and massive infrastructure development and people trapped in outdated polluting transportation, escalating environmental degradation and deforestation, rising potable water shortages and food security concerns, extreme climate change occurrences and growing disaster risks.
Environmental events are uprooting people around South Asia. By taking actions now, governments can reduce the likelihood of future humanitarian crises and maximize the possibilities that people can remain in their communities or safely relocate.
The cost of not improving disaster preparedness will be a slower pace of social and economic progress across a region in the decades to come.
Responding to climate change is more difficult for small islands due to their geographical isolation, socio-economic characteristics, and lack of technical capacity and knowledge.
Immediate action is needed on climate change and we must overcome skepticism.
The People's Republic of China should consistently and continuously scale up clean energy development to achieve a sustainable, and livable future.