The Human: Climate Change

A mother of six from the village of Al-Adn in Yemen, Haliya Al-Jalal, regularly faces a daily challenge. She frequently travels miles on end to collect drinking water for her family. Due to this arduous task, many of her children drop out of school.

Yemen is likely to face more droughts and decreased rainfall as a result of climate change. This can lead to severe hardships for many people, including the vulnerable women like Haliya Al-Jalal and rural communities who suffer from hunger. Additionally, many children are at risk of not having a viable future and dropping out of school may be their only means of survival.

Children suffer the most from the climate change caused by global warming. Their health is undermined as extreme weather — droughts, storms, heat waves — become commonplace.

Climate change is negatively impacting the lives of people of all ages. For example, excessive heat leads to an increase in maternal health issues and malnutrition in young children. Extreme weather also has a negative impact on learning outcomes such as test scores. With this in mind, the 2021 extreme heat event is estimated to cost over 470 billion work hours across working adults.

World Bank research indicates that climate change causes poverty and decreased economic opportunities for the most vulnerable members of society. Specifically, this includes people with low resources, such as poor people or those lacking sufficient savings. Additionally, people living in deteriorated housing have higher risks than those who live in better quality homes.

People can adapt to climate change by creating new innovations and taking action. This was proven when people came up with new ways to reduce the negative effects of climate change.

In order to successfully withstand climate changes, countries must invest in human capital by developing their educational, nutritional, health and safety programs. This is because careful investment and policies that support green and just transitions can lead to countries building greater resilience. This will improve people’s ability to adapt to the changing climate and prevent further loss of human capital.

The World Bank Group wants to increase the capital people have in order to adjust to a low-carbon economy. They do this by collaborating with key partners to access three key channels of support.

Better health care systems result from increased strength.
World Bank tools such as the Climate and Health Assessment and Tools for Vulnerability and Costing identify potential climate-related health shocks and outline their costs. This information is then combined with World Bank health systems assessments to provide insight into how countries can better respond to natural disasters, pollution and other environmental stressors.

Climate-smart education systems use education methods that consider the effects of climate change.
In order to mitigate climate change and reduce energy consumption, people need the proper training. This includes technical and vocational schools that teach people new skills related to energy production and clean energy usage. Some organizations like the Bank support this idea by supporting initiatives in Nepal and Pakistan that promote girls’ education in STEM subjects. These initiatives prepare these women for green jobs. The IFC, the Bank Group’s private sector arm, uses programs like Energy2Equal in Africa and Powered by Women in Asia Pacific. These support women in leadership and green jobs through initiatives that minimize school disruption caused by climate-related infrastructure issues.

In addition to the usual benefits of a job program, this needs to include targeted social protection and livelihood support programs.
In order to stay secure in times of crisis, well-targeted social protection programs help people by encouraging them to pursue different livelihoods not at risk to climate change.

Future jobs in a low-carbon economy will require people with the right skills and higher productivity. This should encourage healthier people to pursue these positions by providing them with new opportunities. In order to shift to a low-carbon economy, workers will need to be prepared with the right skills and healthy bodies. They’ll also need the motivation to explore new career paths as the transition occurs. These individuals will help increase productivity and add to the overall size of the economy.

In order to better benefit the global community, people like Haliya Al-Jalal and her family must be placed at the center of climate change efforts. This will allow them to develop green, resilient and untouchable communities.

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