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Climate change has disrupted the lives of the most vulnerable and has affected their ability to cope with food, livelihood, and health vulnerabilities. With the current state of urbanization and widening inequality, the urban poor residents are becoming more vulnerable to extreme climate events.
Climate change is a global emergency that needs tackling, particularly with the rapid urbanization and the COVID-19 crisis. The urgency of the climate crisis has been obscured by global political capitalism, hindering the commitment of global leaders to respond adequately. The urban poor contributes very little to carbon emission, yet they suffer the most through extreme weather events, food crises, and health risks. Climate events such as increased temperature, erratic rainfall patterns, and strong winds are exacerbated by growing health and social inequalities in marginalized urban spaces. Within this complex interlocking climate emergency, the need for accurate and timely data is urgent. Yet, most cities, particularly in the global south lack adequate and reliable data on the health, livelihood, and housing precarity faced in informal settlements.
We bring together a panel of interdisciplinary researchers on the ARISE project in the global south who will share their experiences of climate vulnerabilities and mitigating actions by the urban poor in Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, and India. Presentations will be pre-recorded and uploaded. Convenors will listen to the presentations and draw up key questions to support discussions. From across the different country contexts, speakers will speak on the different layers of climate vulnerabilities as listed below:
1.Bachera Aktar -James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dhaka Bangladesh
2.Smruti Jukur-SPARC India -an affiliate of the Slum Dwellers International
3.Joseph Macarthy-Executive Director, Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre
Yirah Conteh-National Chairman, Federation of Urban and Rural Poor (FEDURP)