With the looming climate catastrophe threatening to compound the effects of conflict and supply-chain disruptions, the international community must be more proactive in addressing humanitarian needs. By predicting risks and acting before events become emergencies, aid organisations can deliver assistance more effectively.
At COP27, world leaders agreed to keep warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Their actions tell a different story. But even if blowing past the 1.5°C target is inevitable, we should not give up.
There are multiple reasons why climate action is an appealing target for aspiring and incumbent authoritarians, but none has anything to do with the climate itself. Citizens must get wise to this new threat of reactionary populism.