Whether stronger tsunamis and higher-reaching floods are works of the mythical Climate Change creature or not, natural disasters associated with weather keep happening. And they disproportionately affect the developing world and the poorest people. It only stands to reason that we acknowledge its effect on aid and development programming.
In order to do this, we should use every tool at our disposal to predict, prevent, protect and mitigate the weather-stricken of the world. Below are some of the latest research that will change the way we deal we climate disasters on the ground. Spoiler alert: some already do.
#1: Change public perception and education on risk
Oftentimes the last people to realize how vulnerable they are to extreme weather are those in the most danger. Devex reports on International Council for Science’s perception surveys by Gordon McBean in slums of Lagos, Nigeria; and the following awareness activities right before (and after) the May, 2011 floodings.
#2: More, better, real-time AND easy-to-use climate information
Our Terms Of Reference podcast guest on the 135th episode was Sable Blender, who shared the company’s (in hindsight) brilliant idea to create a tropical-centered weather forecasting app. The tropics not only host 40% of the world’s population, but the vast majority of the farmers and the agriculture that sustains the planet. Ignitia’s subscription service boasts enviable forecasting accuracy, all the more impressive given this developing belt’s unique weather patterns.
#3: Tech-primed community alert and organizing
Since antiquity, island and coastal populations have community alert systems in place. Today’s best early warning tools, such as the Australian Bureau of Meterology‘s that services the lots of tiny, neighboring islands, respectfully translate ancient aboriginal knowledge and tools to today’s communication technologies and infrastructure.
#4: Counter-climate program portfolio diversification
A truly global view of changing and threatening climate patterns places our mindsets in “Pale Blue Dot” territory. Attention and management of disaster relief must be tackled globally. Platforms, data and talent must be at the service of everyone, starting at the most vulnerable places and people. But even when everyone agrees on a goal, international, multi-partner coordination brings a fair share of frictions, as Evert Bopp from Disaster Tech Labs, and our 25th TOR guest, revealed to us.