Climate change is one of the biggest problems the world is facing right now. With the melting glaciers and increase in temperatures around the globe, The United Nations are trying to stop the fast-increasing climate change.
The Donkey Sanctuary and World Horse Welfare, party of the newly formed Working Animal Alliance (WAA), were at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP26 (31 October-12 November 2021), to ensure animals are considered in the battle against global warming. They were also working to ensure the health and safety of working animals is included in negotiations and pledges made at the conference.
An estimated 500 million people in the world’s most vulnerable communities rely on working equines as a lifeline to support their livelihoods. There are more than 40 million working donkeys and in many parts of the world.
The organisations are pushing “three key issues” involving donkeys for governments to consider.
First, donkeys help create sustainable livelihoods and are vulnerable to climate change as everyone else in the communities they support must be included in disaster planning. Lastly, donkeys and mules are key to emergency response and recovery plans.
Equids are often overlooked in life for communities around the world. The awareness raised is ensuring they are not forgotten when developing policies that encourage to build a more sustainable world.
Extracted by Horse & Hound, Why equids must be part of plans to cope with climate change, 14 November 2021.