Roeder, Jr., MS. Former Policy Adviser on Disaster Management, US Department
of State and former UN Affairs Director, World Society for the Protection
of Animals. email@example.com
The purpose of this working group was to review current scientific and
empirical evidence on the impact of climate change on sentient animals,
to report on specific action now being taken by civil society and to
recommend specific actions that can be implemented by UN agencies,
governments and civil society at large.
The prevalence of disasters and adverse weather conditions is increasing
worldwide due to climate change, with particularly devastating effects on
developing countries. Animals should be protected from the hazards of
climate change because of their intrinsic value to farmers, pastoralists,
etc.; but also because it makes good sense as humanitarian policy.
Of the one
billion poorest people on the earth, fully 800 million totally depend on
animals for a living -- without whom they would be thrust into a
deepening spiral of despair. Billions more relay on animals for a living
to some degree, as well as for food security or cultural identification.
Changes in the climate directly impact marine, avian and land animals.