Myths about disaster survivors stall the global response to climate change

phys.org | 11/21/2017 | Staff
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The 2018 report from the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body that assesses climate change science, says the world needs to limit global temperature increases to below 1.5C this century.

Doing so will minimize human suffering from climate-related risks, the IPCC argues, but they won't be eliminated completely. The report says we also need to implement the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in eradicating poverty and bridging socio-cultural, political and economic inequalities.

Asia - Pacific - Region - Number - Countries

This is even more important in the Asia Pacific region, where a number of countries, including the Philippines, are suffering significantly from extreme weather events.

Disasters, as forms of crisis, can offer opportunities to more sharply focus on historical and ongoing inequalities. What lessons can we learn from large-scale disaster responses and how can we apply them in the face of intensifying and more frequent extreme weather events?

Research - Aftermath - Typhoon - Haiyan - Disaster

Drawing on our research in the aftermath of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan disaster in Eastern Visayas, Philippines, we found that few meaningful lessons were drawn from Haiyan because the recovery of survivors had been romanticized and distorted. While resilience and stories of the communities "building back better" has become the legacy of Haiyan, those on the ground says it's actually more like "building back bitter."

We found that after almost six years, there are now worrying signs in the telling and re-telling of the disaster, and the recovery that occurred afterwards, especially for the hardest-hit communities.

Agencies - Governments - Media - Typhoon - Haiyan-affected

Non-governmental humanitarian agencies, governments and the media tell us that Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities aren't just surviving, they are thriving. Poor households, in particular, are resilient and resourceful. They were even referred to as "the happiest beneficiaries" seen by international responders. In fact, five years after Haiyan, Tacloban City branded itself as "Home of the Happiest People in the World" in an attempt to attract tourism....
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