COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
HEAD CHAIRS: Karam Bambawale
VICE-CHAIR: Drake Belanger-Polak
Short Term Crises
Food Insecurity is concentrated in few areas and correlates with areas of low development. In 2017, Eastern Africa had the world’s highest rate of undernourishment with 31.4 percent of the population undernourished, followed by Middle Africa with 26.1 percent and the Caribbean with 16.5 percent. Western Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia also had rates of undernourishment higher than ten percent. Contrastingly, North America only had a rate of undernourishment less than 2.5 percent.
Long Term Issues
As previously discussed Climate Change will hurt the supply chain of food. Currently, droughts have become more common in places like Australia which have caught headlines. Areas like Egypt will start to suffer from reduced precipitation. Worryingly, humanity has already started to unsustainably draw from groundwater sources and acidify aquifers. This practice extremely affects those in low latitudes. For example the Punjab, the breadbasket for 1 billion stands to lose production due to reduced water.