Leaving no one behind: the climate crisis and people with disabilities

Climate change is a central moral and health issue of the 21st century that is affecting everyone, but not equally. Minorities, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities represent some of the most severely impacted by climate change due to issues ranging from discrimination and marginalization to social and economic inequities.

 

Yet the situation is even more acute for those at the intersection between these groups – persons with disabilities belonging to a minority or indigenous community, constituting a ‘minority within a minority’ for whom the impacts of climate change are even more profound.

 

From higher global temperatures and worsening air pollution, to exposure to extreme weather events such as floods and heatwaves, this event will present an opportunity to hear directly from people living at the intersection of these identities about how the climate crisis threatens their health. It will unpack the existing structural barriers to bring about change and discuss the importance of financing initiatives to ensure peoples with disabilities are meaningfully heard and represented in climate discussions.

Speakers
  • Christine Kandie, Director of Endorois Indigenous Women Empowerment Network (EIWEN)

  • Pratima Gurung, National Indigenous Disabled Women Association Nepal (NIDWAN)

  • Bhavani Esapathi, social tech activist, writer and artist

  • Elham Youssefian, International Disability Alliance (IDA)

  • Shitaye Astawes, African Disability Forum representative

Moderated by Victoria Pratt (Creative Director, Invisible Flock) and Samrawit Gougsa (Head of Communications at Minority Rights Group International).