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Welthungerhilfe: Climate crisis causes hunger – World


Bonn / Berlin, 2021-10-28. Ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, abbreviated COP26, which begins Sunday in Glasgow (UK), Marlehn Thieme, Chairman of the Board of Welthungerhilfe, said:

“Climate change is one of the key drivers of hunger. Last year, around 811 million people suffered from hunger. Climate change is destroying livelihoods all over the world and causing great suffering in many places. We see this in Africa, for example, where floods, prolonged droughts, rising average temperatures and fundamentally altered rainfall patterns endanger people’s livelihoods. In South Sudan, where about seven million of the country’s eleven million people do not have enough to eat, severe flooding has destroyed fields, houses and wells for the third year in a row. The floods affected 700,000 people already weakened by hunger, COVID-19 and years of civil war. Madagascar presents another example, with the southern regions of the country experiencing the worst drought in 40 years due to three years without rain. 1.1 million people depend on food aid. Things are particularly bad for the youngest of them, as the lives of tens of thousands of children are at risk.

Poor countries bear most of the burden

Climate change is felt at all levels of society, especially among people who lack resources and are already struggling to survive. Impoverished countries bear most of the burden created by rich countries in the Global North. This makes climate change, above all, a question of justice. Glasgow cannot be allowed to fail. The Glasgow climate conference must come up with ambitious national climate targets and practical and sufficiently funded measures to adapt to climate change. Otherwise, we will not be able to end hunger in the world.

Michael Kühn, Senior Policy Advisor at Welthungerhilfe, is available for interviews.

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