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 Climate Change: Meeting the Humanitarian Challenges


Paul Knox Clarke, Principal, ADAPT Initiative
Alex Wallace, Head of Media and Content, Verizon Communications


with Patron Programming Partner

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“What is worrying is that displaced people are disproportionately vulnerable to health crises and that’s partly because there is no international legal framework to protect them.”

– Paul Knox Clarke

“The climate crisis has and is going to continue to cause mass migration.”

– Alex Wallace

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Climate change not only leads to direct health crises but also exacerbates downstream health issues. This includes an increase in disease outbreaks like cholera and the spread of diseases into vulnerable populations who lack resistance to them. 
  • COVID-19 has highlighted the interconnectedness of global health. It has underscored the importance of preparedness, supply chains, and manufacturing in responding to health crises and the need for a coordinated global response. 
  • To address the impact of climate change on health, there is a need to shift from a reactive approach to a proactive one. This involves focusing on preparedness measures, building resilience in vulnerable regions, and developing strategies for dealing with health crises before they occur. 
  • The private sector plays a crucial role in addressing climate-related health challenges. This involvement includes ensuring business continuity during crises, providing innovative solutions and technologies, and contributing to logistics and supply chain management for disaster response.