Climate change affects everyone—but it does not affect everyone equally. The impacts of climate change are felt most acutely by marginalised populations: reduced access to financial resources; lower levels of education and job mobility; reduced access to secure shelter and WASH facilities; food insecurity; and reduced access to safety nets (government, familial, faith or otherwise) are all factors of marginalisation, especially for people with diverse SOGIE.
Climate change is already bringing increasingly frequent and severe extreme weather events like droughts, cyclones, heat waves and monsoons. These weather events contribute to displacement, contributing to famine, conflict, livelihoods disruption or destruction, social instability, and irregular migration. For diverse SOGIE populations, climate change has devastating impacts—but also offers opportunities to draw upon the specific forms of resilience and community often found in diverse SOGIE communities.
The resources available in the climate change category cover an array of topics including: diverse SOGIE experiences during environmental disasters and in early recovery; the ways diverse SOGIE communities remain resilient in the face of climate change and environmental disasters; the ‘blame narratives’ that perpetuate harmful myths around divine retribution for sexual and gender diversity; and the importance of including diverse SOGIE communities in climate change policy discussions and decision-making processes.
These resources have been compiled to enable humanitarian practitioners to better understand the experiences of diverse SOGIE populations in a time of climate change as part of the inclusion process.