Four countries caught in the climate crisis right now

The Philippines has always been one of the countries most vulnerable to extreme weather events in the Pacific. According to World Bank data, about 20 tropical cyclones pass through the country every year, killing more than 1,000 people a year.

From 2000 to 2019, the Philippines experienced a total of 317 climate-related weather events, the highest among the worst-affected countries, according to the Global Climate Risk Index. These events cost an average of $3.2 billion per year during the period, ranking the country 4th in terms of economic losses and deaths.

CARE’s work in the Philippines has largely focused on disaster response, helping local allies prepare for emergencies, restore livelihoods and manage integrated risks. After Typhoon Haiyan hit in 2013, CARE quickly ramped up its relief efforts to quickly deliver lifesaving aid to those affected by the Category 5 cyclone. But even nearly two decades after this particularly devastating weather event, the country is still doing to loss and damage.

Meanwhile, typhoons keeps coming year after year.

“There is still a lot of uncertainty about the magnitude of the costs of loss and damage in so-called developing countries,” says Marlene Achoki, co-head of global policy at CARE Climate Justice. “However, there is no doubt that the scale is enormous. This will significantly hamper the possibilities for countries not only to pursue sustainable development goals, but also to invest in the necessary adaptation and resilience as well as in the measures attenuation.

In this context of rapidly accelerating climate disasters around the world, CARE is calling on G20 leaders at COP27 to respond to the demands of vulnerable developing countries like these by financing climate damage.

“More than ever, 2022 marks the era of loss and damage,” continues Achoki. “COP27 must usher in an era of solidarity and responsibility. This means for wealthy, polluting countries to establish and provide dedicated funding for loss and damage alongside and in addition to larger adaptation funding to help countries affected by climate change meet its costs.

For more details on CARE’s policy positions for COP27, see here.