The climate crisis is a health crisis

Watch the video on the “double injustice” of the climate crisis.

Responding to Severe Flooding in Old Fangak - South Sudan

South Sudan 2020 © Tetiana Gaviuk/MSF

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sees the impacts of climate change on the people we treat every day. When we respond to conflicts, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and other crises, we often witness the outsized consequences that climate change and environmental degradation have on some of the most vulnerable people.

In this video, two MSF staff talk about the “double injustice” of the climate crisis.

"Those who have contributed the least to causing climate change are the most vulnerable to its effects,” said Stina, from Norway.

"Those who are historically responsible for climate change have more resources to adapt,” said John Biel Liep, from Old Fangak, South Sudan, where massive flooding is forcing people to flee their homes, causing a rise in malaria, malnutrition, and snakebites, and ruining crops.

Norway emits 82 times as much carbon dioxide as South Sudan, yet the less wealthy country feels the impacts of climate change much more severely.

“You who live in the countries that emit the most,” said Liep, "you have an extra responsibility.”

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