Of the 77,807 deaths in Guatemala’s private hospitals in 2015, 13.7% were linked to environmental causes. And that’s just in a regular year. A repeat of a major hurricane or other weather disaster like Hurricane Stan of 2005 would be catastrophic.
Sixty one percent of the homes in Guatemala have been determined to be inadequate, at risk to the effects extreme weather such as mudslides and flooding, potentially displacing more than 9 million Guatemalans.
The G20 Hamburg summit this Friday could help lay the foundation for a closer cooperation between Canada and Latin America on climate change following the U.S. decision to abandon the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Greater cooperation between countries, states, cities, the private sector and civil society in the U.S. and Latin America can play a vital role in making the hemisphere more secure by improving resilience to climate change.