of climate change is growing in the International Red Cross
and Red Crescent Movement. And so it should. Global warming
already affects almost every aspect of our work — water
and sanitation, disaster preparedness and response, the spread
of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, hunger, conflict
over scarce resources, population movement; the list goes
The environmental label is, at last, coming off climate change.
This issue’s lead story investigates how the Movement,
as a global family, is working with the people who are, and
those who will be, most affected by climate change. For people
in many countries, climate change is not an abstract concept;
they feel it in increased storms and droughts, rising sea
levels or the changing incidence of diseases. Populations
subsisting on marginal land or in shanty towns, displaced
or on the move, at or below the poverty line, will be the
most exposed to climate chaos. Increasingly, the Movement
sees climate change no longer as one problem competing with
many other priorities, but as one that has to be addressed
if we are to meet our humanitarian responsibilities.
Let us hope the Movement’s neutral and impartial action
and advocacy on this pressing issue can better protect the
growing number of people affected by one of the greatest challenges
today. There is no time to lose.