April 15

Analysis: How Improved Housing in Under-served Communities Can Strengthen Climate Resilience

By Smriti Singh and Maeve Weston

In the crowded slums of Zambia, Africa, members of the Zambia Youth Federation, a social movement of the urban poor, conducted climate change research and presented it in an emotional spoken word poem. Their message let policymakers know how climate change is impacting their lives:

“I woke up this morning and you wouldn’t believe what happened last night. I could hear cats and dogs barking and meowing and I almost woke up praying … and thinking maybe witches have entered our house … When I opened my eyes … half of my roof was already blown off by the harsh winds of the night. My bed was baptized in unforgiving rains and my sheets were soaked and wet. You should have seen my kitchen; it was floating spoons and plates.”

Photo by Alex via Flickr.

Source: World Resources Institute (link opens in a new window)

climate change, global development, housing, SDGs