Fund for climate resilience building

Last November, Chennai, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu in India, was hit by the cyclone Nivar.

The storm significantly impacted the city and its suburban areas, due to heavy rainfalls and severe winds. As a result, several areas were flooded, and hundreds of trees across Greater Chennai were ripped off the ground according to Times of India. It severely impacted vulnerable populations such as the elderly or those living with medical conditions who cannot access their treatments as usually.

The sharp rise in the number of climate change-induced events in the area is a stark reminder of the effect of global warming and climate change. The formation of tropical cyclones rapidly intensifies, directly linked with climate change. These phenomena are rapidly increasing in numbers and become less predictable as they form quicker and quicker.

On the opposite, droughts are frequent and extreme in many sub-Saharan African countries and have a destructive effect on their peoples and economies. The extreme susceptibility to rainfall in the arid and semi-arid regions of the continent and the low ability of most African soils to maintain moisture have resulted in accrued vulnerabilities to drought.  Rainfall in areas of the Sahel and Southern Africa has also been considerably lower since the 1960s.

Capacity building and preparedness are essential in making cities such as Chennai or Abidjan more resilient to these phenomena. Climate change and its impact now require large scale resource and knowledge pooling to find long-lasting and adaptable solutions to all sorts of scenarios. 

Global climate change effects are upon us. In recent years, alarming and rapid changes have occurred around the world. Climate change-induced natural phenomena are taking place much more often. Global sea level increased by around 20 centimetres in the last century. In the last two decades, though the trend has almost exceeded that of the last century and has accelerated slightly every year. Furthermore, the ocean has been increasingly affected also in terms of temperature and the acidity of surface ocean waters has risen by around 30%. This rise is attributed to the fact that humans release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and are thus more drained by the ocean.

On top of that, a rise in the severity and frequency of extreme weather events is one of the most obvious effects of climate imbalance. Climate change is expected to worsen the frequency, severity and effect of certain forms of severe weather events. That is why Pilot4Dev launched this fundraiser to support resilience building, disaster prevention, and empower local communities through a fund to reinforce climate adaptation.


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