The reality of climate change is that a global disaster created almost entirely by rich white people in the Global North is going to disproportionately affect the poor of the Global South who had almost nothing to do with it. In other words, just like every other environmental disaster, from the cancer corridor of Louisiana to who suffers the most in hurricanes, the poor have to pay for the actions of the rich. In fact, it’s already happening.
Climate change effects are to blame for the increasing acute undernourishment of children in Kenya, the United Nations said in a report released in Nairobi on Friday.
According to the UN, the failure of the March-June long rains, the third consecutive poor rains since early 2016 has contributed an additional 37,000 children across the country below the threshold of acute malnutrition.
“Climate-related issues have increased food insecurity in parts of northern Kenya where malnutrition rates have doubled in recent months,” the UN report says.
The report noted that the country’s undernourishment affected 8.8 million people, accounting for 19.1 percent of the population.
It states that almost 370,000 children across the country now require treatment for acute malnutrition, including 72,600 who are suffering from the most severe form and requires specialized life-saving care.
“In four out of 17 surveys conducted in June and July, acute malnutrition rates were at least double the emergency threshold of 15 percent,” the report said.
The failure of the March-June long rains, following two extremely poor rains in 2016, have led to widespread crop failure, acute water shortages, and declining production of milk in years, which pastoral children rely on for protein.
The report further blames drought related migration, early child marriages and child labor to lack of food and water.
In other words, climate change combines with local issues to keep the global poor impoverished while the global rich goes on without caring. In fact, I’m just going to keep my car running for a few hours just to kill some Kenyan kids and show how white people rock.