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Climate change’s unequal burden: why do low-income communities bear the brunt?

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🗞️ Driving the news: Climate change's devastating impact isn't distributed equally, hitting low-income communities and developing countries hardest
• Poor communities and developing countries suffer the most from climate change, facing problems like losing their jobs and dealing with extreme weather. We need to act quickly to help them

🔭 The context: In the summer of 2022, Pakistan faced an unparalleled catastrophe with devastating floods affecting millions
• What's striking is that Pakistan's greenhouse gas emissions are merely 1% of the global total, yet the nation experienced severe climate consequences, including glacier melt and ocean warming

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This stark inequality isn't just a local or regional issue; it's a global concern because failing to fix these disparities puts affected communities and the whole planet at risk

⏭️ What's next: To address climate inequalities, we must take comprehensive steps, like providing more climate funding, using both strong mitigation and adaptation plans, and ensuring food and water security

💬 One quote: "Without justice, we risk not even having a livable planet for future generations" (Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)

📈 One stat: Climate change could force 68-135 million people into poverty by 2030, with Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia at the highest risk of this distressing outcome

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