THE U.N. IS CALLING FOR THE INCLUSION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE

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A line of elderly citizens unable to board a bus to evacuate a senior home. People with limited mobility sitting helpless by the side of the road. Wheelchairs buried in mud after a flood. Scenes and accounts like these became the norm in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, one of the deadliest natural disasters in United States history.

Ten years later, a documentary called The Right to Be Rescued showed, through the perspective of survivors, what official reports would also confirm: People with disabilities were disproportionately affected by the disaster.

Over the last few years, stories about people with disabilities being left behind have continued to surface after tropical storms and wildfires in Puerto RicoTexas, and California. Recently, the United Nations warned that climate crisis disasters are happening at the rate of one per week, urging developing countries to prepare for impact and to develop strategies to protect the most vulnerable populations, such as the poor, the elderly, children, and disabled people.

Last Friday, the United Nations Human Rights Council announced a resolution addressing for the first time the rights of people with disabilities in connection with climate change. The document urges governments to listen to those who are affected the most by environmental changes, by adopting a “comprehensive, integrated, gender-responsive and disability-inclusive approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation policies.”

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