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Sustain What? Madagascar’s Misery and the Vulnerability Crisis...

December 9, 2021
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Sustain What?  Madagascar’s Misery and the Vulnerability Crisis Hiding Behind Climate Crisis Headlines


The top driver of losses and risk from extreme weather is more often poverty, dislocation and other factors on the ground than changes in the climate. Yet media coverage and messaging from aid agencies has often focused on parsing and highlighting the role of human-driven climate change. Explore why this matters, and what to do to clarify solutions with Andy Revkin of Columbia’s Climate School and a batch of great guests. We’ll focus on the emerging crisis in southern Madagascar.

Andy’s guests:

•Martin van Aalst, director of the Climate Centre that helps shape activities of the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement and co-author of a new analysis of the unfolding crisis in southern Madagascar (Visit to read the study.)

•Denis Bariyanga, operations coordinator in Madagascar for the IFRC (International Federal of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies)

•Dan Osgood, research scientist at Columbia’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society focused on financial instruments boosting climate resilience.

•Lisa Schipper, Oxford climate adaptation scientist, IPCC author and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Climate & Development

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