The New Earth Disability team has produced many publications over the last several years. NED began as a blog in 2014 and has transformed into a full initiative with research, and ongoing newsletter, public education, and partnerships. Here are some of our existing resources:
- The NED blog
- NED newsletter archive
- Outside research, articles and editorials
The New Earth Disability Blog
The “New Earth Disability” blog was started in 2014 by WID Policy and Research Specialist Alex Ghenis, with the goal of understanding the intersection of climate change and disability. The blog includes several shorter editorials on the need for adaptation and the format of the historic COP 21 climate change Summit in Paris in 2015. There are also two longer research series on heat waves and climate-related migration, with two posts and three posts, respectively.
Editorials on Adaptation
Climate change will progress to some extent no matter how much we reduce our carbon emissions. In these posts, NED covers why it is important to adapt to the coming climate change rather than just focus on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. The blog also addresses why it is important to adapt with a special focus on people with disabilities.
- Disability and Climate Change: Preparing for the Future (PDF)
- Adaptation: Getting Ready for the Inevitable (PDF)
Editorials on the 2015 COP21 Paris Summit
The landmark climate change Summit in Paris in the fall of 2015, called the “21st Conference of the Parties” or “COP21,” established a global framework to limit emissions with the goal of staying below 2°C of warming compared to preindustrial levels. The Summit also focused on staying below 1.5°C, if possible. These blog posts reflect on the Paris Summit in two ways: first, the blog say that the summit itself should have put much more focus on adapting and preparing for climate change, rather than just cutting emissions. And second, the blog outlines why setting a goal of 2°C is the wrong way to think: instead, we should be focusing on the amount of CO2 that is present in the atmosphere – and realistically, 2°C is not possible to meet. So, we must move beyond that and sent more realistic goals.
Heat Waves and Extreme Heat (2 Parts)
Climate change will lead to a massive increase in the frequency and intensity of heat waves and extreme heat events. These NED posts outline the causes and consequences of those extreme heat events, including the impacts on human health. It also shows how these disproportionately affect people with disabilities, their health and well-being. And finally, the posts outline some recommendations to protect the health and well-being of people with disabilities as heat waves progress even more into the future.
Climate-Related Migration (3 parts)
It is projected that hundreds of millions of people will be displaced and migrate due to the consequences of climate change, including evacuating from extreme weather events, escaping flooding shorelines, and becoming refugees from conflict sparked by climate factors. This migration will be especially hard for people with disabilities, who may lack access to accessible transportation or housing, experience difficulty maintaining or reenroll in healthcare and social services, or simply be turned away at the border because of their disability. These three posts cover the connection between climate change and migration, what that migration means for people with disabilities, and recommended actions to protect their lives and well-being.
NED Newsletter and Archives
New Earth Disability has a regular newsletter, published several times per year, that can be delivered to your email’s inbox! Please enroll for the current newsletter for NED. A newsletter archive for NED is also available.
December 2017: Disability and Disasters: a Troubling Year
February 2017: An Introduction to Disability Climate Justice
The New Earth Disability team is always working to raise awareness of the connection between climate change and disability. With that in mind, we have produced several academic pieces and other articles for outside publications and websites.
Here are a few of our past publications:
“The Environmental Impact of Wheel Life.” Alex Ghenis, New Mobility magazine. September 2018
“Disability Inclusion in Climate Change: Impacts and Intersections.” Marsha Saxton and Alex Ghenis, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity – An International Journal. 2018
“Climate Adaptation, Adaptive Climate Justice, and People with Disabilities.” Alex Ghenis, Union of Concerned Scientists guest commentary. April 2017
“Making Migration Accessible: Inclusive Relocation for People with Disabilities.” Alex Ghenis, International Organization on Migration Policy Brief Series. June 2016
“The End of the World as We Know It – Climate Change, Climate Justice and Disability.” Alex Ghenis, New Mobility magazine. March 2016
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