When talking about response to climate change,I think that the personal response comes first after which the community response and international response follow. This is my simple personal classification of stages of response to extreme weather. The personal response starts when an individual becomes aware of the effect of climate change on his or her environment. The community stage begins when a large number of people who have undergone the personal stage come together and take collective action in respect to the issue of climate change. The international response invoves the collective effort of many communities of people. It is important to note that each of the responses stated is more effective thn the last. This implies that the responses increase in effectiveness from the personal to the international stage for a number of reasons.
Many international organisations have made immense impacts and contributions to the fight against the issue of climate change. A good example is the United Nations Framework on Climate Change(UNFCCC). The UNFCCC, Article 1, paragraph(1) states need to minimise adverse effects on"natural and managed ecosystems or on the operation of socio-ecomomic systems or on human health and welfare". The World Health Assembly Resolution WHA/61.R19, requests WHO to develop capacity to assess the risks from climate change on human health and to implement effective response measures, and support countries through Awareness raising, Partnership, Evidence, and health system strenghtening.
-UNFCCC provides international framework for climate action, with health as a key justification.
-"One-UN" country teams implement health adaptation projects.
-Establishment of networks of health NGOs campaigning on climate change.
Many governments or also play a significant role in the fight against climate change. In most African countries, the governments have requested international support supplement their efforts in the fight against climate. For example:
-193 countries endorse the WHA resolution calling for an action to protect health from climate change.
-95% (39/41) of National Adaptation Programmes of Action(NAPA's) from least developed countries identify health as a priority sector affected by climate change.
With only these few points I think that the impact of government and international organisations can be termed indispensable. It is also important to remember that personal efforts against climate change are our responsibilities.
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