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Sufficient funding is necessary for counties and communities to have the capacity to successfully adapt to climate change. However, COVID-19 has presented a new and formidable challenge to the fragile state of funding.
A recent study by the World Resources Institute analyzed climate-action spending in 17 countries from 2018 to 2021. Researchers found that the extreme costs associated with pandemic response efforts has placed a strain on domestic budgets. As a result, many developing nations have been forced to reallocate or decrease financial resources earmarked for climate mitigation and adaptation. 
Developing countries, which are the least responsible for climate change impacts and yet face the most severe environmental consequences, were already struggling to meet climate financial needs pre-COVID due to mounting debt. This is in large part because climate funding provided to developing countries most often takes the form of loans rather than grants. Nearly 71% of climate-related financial assistance consists of loans. A United Nations Development Programme report released in April estimated that nearly $598 billion in total climate-related debt will be owed by 72 developing nations by the end of 2025.
 Public Climate Finance Provided by Instrument, Per Year 2016–19, by $ Billions
Public Climate Finance Provided by Instrument, Per Year 2016–19, by $ Billions
Worsening climate change impacts, including the increased occurrence and intensity of natural disasters, demand a bigger piece of the small budgetary pie in these countries. During the height of the pandemic, from March 2020 to September 2020, there were 92 weather-related disasters worldwide, affecting nearly 52 million people. 
And yet, the funding pot that developed countries pledged to fill has not fully materialized. At COP15 in 2009, the world’s wealthiest countries committed to providing $100 billion in assistance annually for climate action in developing nations. However, the most recent data, dated as of 2019, shows that total climate financing reached a far-from-the finish-line $79.6 billion. — Lauren Casey
World Resources Inst
#ClimateFinance is critical to help vulnerable countries adapt to the devastating affects of climate change. Learn what to expect on this issue at #COP26:

#TogetherForOurPlanet #ClimateAdaptation
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Raul Gallego Abellan
#FlyOnTheWall is my award-winning documentary series to expose how some of the biggest issues of our time have become the new normal. Should they be? Go to the link to watch the series. @AJEnglish #documentary #filmmaking
Indigenous communities in the Arctic region are experiencing the drastic effects of climate change. Their homes and way of life are at risk as changes to the environment affect everyday lives.
Currently spoke with documentary filmmaker, Raul Gallego Abellan, who directed “Edge of the Arctic” a mini-documentary within a series called Fly on The Wall published in Aljazeera.
“Edge of the Arctic” depicts the story of the Arctic community of Tuktoyaktuk in Canada, who are at risk of losing their whole community to ice melt and sea-level rise driven by climate change.
Gallego Abellan says that while these communities are at great risk, he saw their resiliency and has hope that they will adapt to the changes.
“They are scared because their way of living is totally affected,” said Gallego Abellan. “They totally live connected to the land, but at the same time, I feel that they are people that they could adapt to the change.” 
Gallego Abellan was in Canada filming during the COP26 conference, he said being with people who are already so harmed by climate change, while world leaders did little to affect real change to protect communities made the conference seem disingenuous.
“We should do as much as possible, but we are so late,” said Gallego Abellan. “It makes you even more sad and angry, I was there during the COP meeting and you see the protests, and then you realize, these meetings are useless”
He says that many of us could learn from the Tuktoyaktuk community.
“I was very impressed with how they managed to work in balance with nature,” said Gallego Abellan. “How sad that we all don’t learn to manage nature and to respect nature in the same way that they do.”
Click here to watch the mini-doc and hear directly from the Tuktoyaktuk community. — Abbie Veitch
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