Climate change: Why Are Disabled People So Affected By The Climate Crisis?

Israeli minister Karine Elharrar made headlines around the world when it emerged she couldn’t attend the COP26 summit on Monday because it wasn’t wheelchair-accessible.

For many disabled people, it was a reflection of the way they often feel ignored or left out of conversations about climate change.

Yet disabled people are among those most “adversely affected in an emergency”, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council. And those emergencies – from wildfires to flooding – are likely to become more frequent because of the climate crisis.

So why are disabled people so affected by climate change and what can we do about it?

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