People: Why Climate Change will Increase Inequality
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Updated on: 18 Nov 2020
You may call it self-centred, but we care a lot about how climate change will affect people! In this chapter, we’ll look at what climate change means for people’s lives - for our water, food and health. We’ll also find out who will be the worst affected - and why this is completely unfair.
Too much water - or not enough?
Water is everywhere! It’s in your blood and inside your cells, and makes up about 60% of your body weight . Yet, 2.2 billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water !
Not having enough water is seriously bad - but so is having too much! Flooding has affected more people than any other weather-related disaster in the past 20 years. As well as direct deaths, floods can destroy buildings, cause landslides and worsen the effects of diseases which spread through water .
Problems from having too much or too little water will worsen as climate change makes dry places dryer and wet places wetter (more on this in the ‘Climate Predictions’ course)!.