People have been asking me for more information on disability and climate change. I’ve found an interesting and recent article that isn’t to long to read.
The article explains how people with disabilities have largely been left out of climate change discourse, by referencing both disaster relief plans and reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It also discusses how this has effected people with disabilities.
When reading this article it is important to also take into consideration that many people with disabilities are indigenous people and/or find themselves situated in some of the poorest areas of the world. As you may know it is people like these who are being hit hardest by the effects of climate change.
As much as I found this article informative I would like to note two things. First, this article offers no concrete suggestions on how to build linkages between the climate change and disability movements. My hope is that by sharing this article I can encourage you to move in that direction.
I would also like to point out that I found this article through Disabled Peoples International. As someone who is against the current model of foreign “aid” I feel it’s necessary to point out that they support building partnerships with the World Bank,. They seem to have a very neoliberal focus of what equality and inclusion means if you look at their strategic plan, and considering the great harm that the global model of neoliberalism does to marginalized peoples, I feel it’s necessary to point out that contradiction. I would also like to say that while I don’t support their values, they do have great resources.
Speaking of which, I should give you the link to the article: http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/173
Please share your thoughts constructively!