In a report issued on May 29th, the Global Humanitarian Forum estimates that 300,000 people die each year from disasters related to Climate Change. The Forum, a think-tank led by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, also believes that Climate Change seriously affects 325 million people and causes $125 billion in damage every year.
Climate Change disproportionately affects the poorest countries and the poorest people. The United Nations estimates that Africa will need $1 billion a year to help manage the effects of Climate Change, including the cost of relocating refugees.
Similarly, the International Organization for Migration claims that Climate Change will produce more than 200 million refugees by 2050. Many of these refugees will come from island nations that disappear due to rising oceans.
The affects of Climate Change are real. How many people will be forced to suffer before we make the serious changes needed to combat Global Warming?