Beyond ‘business as usual’. Addressing the climate change crisis
Every year, insurers see first-hand the devastation natural disasters inflict on people and communities around the world. From flooding in Japan, wildfires in the US, to a massive earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, our customers looked to us for support – and this was only in 2018. Helping customers in their times of greatest need is “business as usual”, and we are proud to have this important social value.
But there is nothing “usual” about what is increasing the impact of these natural disasters. The consensus of the international scientific community – represented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – finds strong evidence that climate change is occurring, that it is influenced by human action, and that it is leading to changes in extreme weather and climate events…
When natural disaster strikes, men and women respond differently
Women are quicker to take cover or prepare to evacuate during an emergency, but often have trouble convincing the men in their life to do so, suggests a new CU Boulder study of how gender influences natural disaster response.
The research also found that traditional gender roles tend to resurface in the aftermath of disasters, with women relegated to the important but isolating role of homemaker while men focus on finances and lead community efforts.
Even agencies charged with providing assistance still, at times, ask to speak to the “man of the house,” the researchers found.
“We found that there are many barriers that disadvantage women in the event of a disaster, leaving them behind when it comes to decision-making and potentially slowing down their recovery,” said lead author Melissa Villarreal, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and research assistant at the Natural Hazards Center…