What’s climate change got to do with disability? Oct. 28, 2021

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With COP26, the big UN climate conference, kicking off in Glasgow next week, the BBC Ouch team got wondering - how will the one billion disabled people living around the world be impacted by the climate emergency? Whether it's heatwaves, hurricanes or rising sea levels there is plenty to think about. From escape routes being inaccessible to vital medication which makes it difficult for the body to moderate heat, research suggests that 20% of those most vulnerable to climate change are disabled. So why is this? And what's being done about it? Professor Sébastien Jodoin, from McGill University in Montreal, …



With COP26, the big UN climate conference, kicking off in Glasgow next week, the BBC Ouch team got wondering - how will the one billion disabled people living around the world be impacted by the climate emergency? Whether it's heatwaves, hurricanes or rising sea levels there is plenty to think about. From escape routes being inaccessible to vital medication which makes it difficult for the body to moderate heat, research suggests that 20% of those most vulnerable to climate change are disabled. So why is this? And what's being done about it? Professor Sébastien Jodoin, from McGill University in Montreal, and Dr Mary Keogh, the disability inclusion director for charity CBM Global, join us on this episode alongside cameos from a 'lockdown' puppy and a hammering builder - Happy Halloween! Presented by Keiligh Baker. Produced by Damon Rose and Emma Tracey. Useful links if you’d like to learn more: https://www.disabilityinclusiveclimate.org https://ukcop26.org/the- conference/green-zone-programme-of-events/ https://www.cbmuk.org.uk/news/disability-inclusion-in-climate-action-new- guide-published/ https://cbm-global.org/news/disability-and-climate-change- report/