Climate change could overwhelm relief agencies, experts warnBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1229 (Published 23 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1229
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It was very interesting to read the comments by the UN’s emergency
relief coordinator, John Holmes, and the Red Cross secretary general,
Bekele Geleta, about the effect of climate change and its implications.
Undoubtedly, the global warming is going to cause humanitarian crisis
globally. According to them, the scale of the crisis would be too much for
our capacity to respond. Hence they reiterated the importance of disaster
prevention and preparation for the humanitarian challenges.
In realty, how much the United Nation and Red cross could do to prevent
the global warming is another matter. The political influence by major
countries is always an important aspect interfering in their effort.
However, these agencies could do more than just highlighting the ways of
In this context it would be appropriate to mention how the human
contribution to global warming and the inabilities of these agencies to
stop these activities.
Within the last few weeks, thousands have been killed and injured severely in North East of Srilanka. The scale of the use of
artillery weapons, bombs, cluster bombs and the emission of global warming
gases by the machinery, in my view, would contribute to the global
warming. The agencies and the international community ignore this tragedy
by saying that it is an internal political matter. The global warming from
this part of the world is not going to be internal problem. Surely, the
United Nations and other responsible countries can do something, on the
ground of minimising the global warming, to influence the relevant
government to resolve the problem. This applies not only to Srilanka but
also to other countries where the use of war weaponry is in the high use.
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