Loss and damage refers to the impacts of climate change that go beyond what people can adapt to. Extreme weather events such as floods, storms, droughts, and wildfires are becoming more frequent and severe every year, leading people to lose their lives and livelihoods. Often those who did the least to cause climate change are the ones who suffer most from loss and damage. The cost of damage to homes and communities, and the incalculable toll on life, culture, and connection to land, are borne by some of the poorest and most oppressed people in the world.
Article 8 of the Paris Agreement outlines the responsibilities of countries to take action on loss and damage. Addressing loss and damage stands alongside mitigation and adaptation as a fundamental pillar of climate action. But despite signing on to the Agreement, the wealthy countries who contributed the most to causing loss and damage are still unwilling to provide the finance and support needed to address it. We believe that is an injustice, and we are fighting back.
If you would like more information on loss and damage, please check out the following resources:
- Explainer: Dealing with the ‘loss and damage’ caused by climate change, Carbon Brief, 2017
- Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- Civil Society Review: CAN CLIMATE CHANGE FUELLED LOSS AND DAMAGE EVER BE FAIR? 2019
- Policy Brief: Typologies of Loss and Damage and Associated Actions, Emily Boyd, Rachel James and Richard Jones
- The Politics of Climate Change Loss and Damage Project