Sep 15, 2022 • 38M

'Pakistan floods show inequalities of the climate crisis': Harjeet Singh

Pakistan's devastating floods have made the issue of loss and damage financing even more urgent than it already was. I spoke to one of the world's foremost experts on the topic, Harjeet Singh.

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The floods in Pakistan have been devastating. They have been described as "Biblical". The outcome of a "monsoon on steroids."

They have caused damage to almost half of the country. The total economic losses are estimated to be in the region of USD 10 billion, or about 4 percent of Pakistan's annual GDP.

Pakistan's minister for climate change Sherry Rehman has called for developed countries to pay "reparations" to developing countries that are suffering some of the worst outcomes of climate change. In more complicated terms (also known as United Nations speak) she has called for more loss and damage financing.

In this episode, we speak to one of the world's foremost experts on the topic of loss and damage, Harjeet Singh. Harjeet is now the head of global political strategy at the Climate Action Network International (CAN).

He spoke about the extent of damage in Pakistan and the kind of support that is needed. Harjeet explained the need for loss and damage financing, why developed nations have remained averse to the idea and what one can expect at the next climate change conference in Egypt later this year

I also asked him how individuals can contribute to the movement that focuses on better support for poorer countries suffering due to extreme weather events.