Today, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and CBM Global will launch a video on disability inclusive climate justice at the European Development Days which is taking place online over two days (June 15th – June 16th). The continuing restrictions for travel and safe distancing due to COVID-19 and a commitment by both the EDF and CBM Global to minimise carbon footprint meant that the video was filmed fully online using the accessible platform of Zoom. The video, is available in both its long and short form .
Participants in the video came from all regions of the world to share on two aspects:
The impact of climate change on people with disabilities.
The impact people with disabilities can have in contributing to climate action, by being part of the solutions and the way forward.
Both aspects remain very under researched in current climate work. In terms of policy, people with disabilities remain very much invisible at national level and within international frameworks on climate adaption and mitigation.
Nadia Hadad, EDF Board and Executive Committee member says:
“We learned from participants in the video that:
Climate change impacts significantly on the lives of persons with disabilities, yet persons with disabilities have been excluded from climate mitigation activities
Without the full inclusion and meaningful participation of persons with disabilities, climate actions taken for a sustainable future for all will not be possible
Persons with disabilities are powerful actors who belong to and can make important contributions to climate actions in their own communities, countries and also within international movements that advocate for climate justice.”
Mary Keogh, Advocacy Director of CBM Global says:
“It is widely acknowledged that persons with disabilities are at an increased risk from climate change, yet very little is known about how persons with disabilities and their representative organisations have engaged in climate change negotiations, policy-making, and programme implementation to date. Article 4 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities obligates State Parties to ensure persons with disabilities and their representative organisations are included in policy-making processes at national and global level, this needs obligations applies to all policy processes related to action on climate change.”
We encourage you to share the video widely and to also use for your own advocacy purposes, we also welcome you to come to the stand at online Global Village.