Statement from ShelterBox USA President Kerri Murray on COP27

by Kerri Murray November 18, 2022

COP27 will go down as another missed opportunity. 

Climate change and its impacts are forcing record numbers of people from their homes. In fact, in the two weeks of the conference, almost 800,000 homes could have been lost to extreme weather.

Climate change is affecting the most vulnerable first. We see it in every ShelterBox response. Flooding is becoming more severe. Typhoons, cyclones, and hurricanes are becoming more powerful. Droughts are lasting longer.

Despite consideration of important issues at COP27, there is still no plan to help developing countries pay for the impacts of climate change and recover from catastrophic disasters.

The lack of action at COP27 won’t help the thousands of families fleeing the worst drought in Somalia in 40 years, or those without a home after record flooding in Pakistan.

The evidence is clear: if more progress isn’t made, the global displacement crisis will accelerate exponentially. There is no time to waste. We need more action, and we need it now.

Visit our Climate Change Hub to learn more about the humanitarian crisis within the climate crisis and what ShelterBox is doing to help.

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