Blog series - SDGS ON THIN ICE: Arctic Warming and Climate Crisis in Ethiopia

Did you know we now have a blog series on climate vulnerable countries?
Ethiopia, ranked among the top 10 nations most vulnerable to climate disasters, faces a multifaceted challenge as it strives for sustainable growth and development. Over 96.000 Ethiopians already visited our Arctic Risk Platform to learn more about Arctic warming and the climate crisis.
Here is a summary of "SDGS ON THIN ICE: Arctic Warming and Climate Crisis in Ethiopia" by Damilola Adeyanju:
  • Introduction: Ethiopia is grappling with climate change and the impacts of Arctic warming, which are hindering its progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The country currently ranks 144 out of 166 countries in the SDG Index, with a score of 54.50%.
  • Link between Arctic Change and Ethiopia's SDGs: The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the world, affecting global weather patterns. Changes in the Arctic contribute to heatwaves, droughts, crop damage, and floods in Ethiopia. Drought is a significant concern, with projections indicating a troubling increase in temperatures by the 2050s and 2100, which will have severe consequences for the population.
  • Socioeconomic Risks for Ethiopia: Ethiopia's key sectors, including agriculture, water, infrastructure, forestry, and public health, are highly vulnerable to climate change. Flooding can damage vital road networks, isolating regions and disrupting supply chains, which can lead to business disruptions and economic setbacks.
  • Standard of Living: Agriculture is a crucial sector in Ethiopia, contributing significantly to the GDP and employing a large portion of the population. Prolonged droughts and other climate-related challenges have led to food insecurity, causing financial losses and reduced agricultural productivity.
  • Human Capital: The country's large population presents an opportunity for socioeconomic growth, but climate-induced challenges like droughts and floods have eroded developmental gains and forced migration. Extreme heat is projected to increase mortality rates, impacting productivity and human resources.
  • Education: The climate crisis, including droughts, has exacerbated food insecurity, leading to students abandoning their studies. This has resulted in an increase in the number of out-of-school children in Ethiopia, hindering progress on SDG 4 (Quality Education).
  • Conclusion: Ethiopia faces the challenge of reviving its stalled SDG targets, with the added complication of a climate crisis exacerbated by Arctic warming. The socioeconomic risks posed by Arctic warming jeopardize the country's progress towards SDG achievements. To address these challenges, Ethiopia must consider a global perspective on climate dynamics when crafting climate solutions and strategies.
In summary, the blog emphasizes the critical importance of understanding the interconnectedness of climate change, both locally and globally, in order to address the complex challenges Ethiopia faces in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals.
Which country do you think our next blog should be about?
Read the full blog HERE.
  • Johannes Luiga

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    Very interesting to read. I was privileged of spending two of my teenage years living with my family in Ethiopia

    • Sarah Chabane

      31 w

      This is super insightful, thank you for sharing! You should add a picture to illustrate and grab people's attention even more :)

      • James Ndiritu PhD

        31 w

        These impacts increases the risks among communities in the complex mix of competition for resources especially where pastoralist invade crop farms in a bid to save their livestock during drought exacerbating the already fragile peace among the warring communities

        • Grace Njeri

          31 w

          Positive commitments needs to be heeded to save the situation in Ethiopia.

          • Munene Mugambi

            31 w

            Action has to be taken by both the Ethiopian government and concerned parties

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