Climate & Crisis Resilience

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COVID-19 has taught us that those who are most affected by crisis are those who are already struggling in a system stacked against them. Similarly, we know that disabled people – particularly those experiencing injustice in low resource settings – don’t always have the luxury of seeing disability justice and climate justice as separate things. When floods hit, disabled people fare worst; when crops fail, the poorest struggle the most; when disasters strike, those least resilient are hit hardest, unable to migrate to avoid the impacts. Yet there has been little focus around disability in inclusive climate response and crisis resilience, and even less on the role technology could play. We believe that technology has the potential to support inclusive climate justice and community-based resilience models that can help everyone, even those most in marginalised in the community. As we ‘build back fairer’ we also have the chance to design the kind of world we want to see in the UK and beyond, we will work with partners to bring our disability innovation thinking to this space.

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