What Happens When Climate Adaptation Meets Social Isolation?

Chicago Tribune photo by Walter Kale

 
Last week marked the end of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, with world leaders deliberating on strategies to tackle our most pressing global issues– at the forefront was the issue of climate change. On October 8th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a striking report predicting climate disasters like mass die-off of the coral reefs and extreme hunger as soon as 2040 if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate. This report is an alarming reminder of the urgency of our collective situation. 
 
In her latest Medium piece, Kim Samuel examines the disproportionate effects of climate change on those facing social isolation, and the need for adaptation strategies to include these groups. This is an opportunity to look to the communities that are already feeling the extreme effects of climate disaster on an everyday basis; those who are already socially excluded and marginalized, and are becoming more so due to climate-related disaster.