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Opportunities to Make a Difference

Option #1

Call on your legislator to increase funding for climate adaptation.

Vulnerable nations need financial support to help address current and future climate risks.

Talking points

  • Developing nations have done little to contribute to climate change
  • Yet, they are the most vulnerable to its impacts
  • As the primary drivers of climate change, wealthy nations need to do more to support developing nations
  • This starts with increasing funding for adaptation

Option #2

Being prepared to address future climate impacts means planning ahead.

Look into whether your local government has a climate resiliency plan in place.

If they don't contact your elected officials and tell them to establish one!

Show Notes

Reason for Hope

Australian Youth are pushing their government to consider new climate protections.

Law would force government to consider future climate impacts of projects before approving them.

Bill being considered was introduced last year.

Senator David Pocock, the bill’s sponsor, said “as a wealthy country on the global stage, we have a moral obligation to lead."

If passed, the bill require the government to evaluate the future harm of any project expected to emit 100,000 tons or more of carbon emissions over its life.


Young activists lobby for Australian law on climate harm | Reuters

Main Topic

International displacement in 2022

  • Natural disasters were catalyst for 32.6 million internal displacements
  • 98% due to weather-related disasters like floods, storms, wildfires, drought, etc.
  • 41% more internal displacements than the annual average for the last decade

Somalia, an example of climate fueled displacement playing out.

  • Over 2 years of historic drought followed by massive flooding
  • 4.3 M facing hunger by end 2023

Small farmers produce 1/3 of world's food and feed 4.5 - 5.5 billion people.

Funding for U.S. family planning

  • In 2023, U.S. funding totaled $608 million, including funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
  • After the Trump administration withheld funding from FY 2017 – FY 2020, it was restored by the Biden administration in FY 2021.

Quote on effectiveness of trees in addressing urban heat island effect.

“If you wanted to invent the most effective kind of climate management technology from the ground up, you could spend a lot of time trying to do that. You would just engineer a tree” Brian Stone Jr., director of urban climate lab at Georgia Institute of Tech


IDMC | GRID 2023 | 2023 Global Report on Internal Displacement (

Hit by floods and drought, quarter of Somali people at risk of 'crisis-level' hunger, WFP says | Reuters

Here's why small-scale farmers need more climate funding | World Economic Forum (

The U.S. Government and International Family Planning & Reproductive Health Efforts | KFF

How to Cool Down a City - The New York Times (