Happy International Day for Disaster Reduction!

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LITTLE DO MOST OF US KNOW how important education is to disaster risk reduction. As the world experienced in 2017 its heaviest year of the decade in terms of number of disasters, we invite you to celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction with us by looking at the many ways in which education is crucial to the environment and to a sustainable future.

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The promotion of a sustainable environment is one of today’s most important and complex challenges. With this in mind, we should not underestimate the important role that access to quality education plays in reducing the long-term risk of multiplication of natural disasters. Education has a positive effect on the environment, such that if upper secondary education were universalised by 2030, the impact may be the prevention of 200,000 disaster-related deaths in the 20 following years.

Being educated means caring more about the environment

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Perhaps the main reason why education is important for disaster risk reduction is that it makes people care more about the environment. In 2016, UNESCO found, following a survey of 29 countries, that the percentage of people concerned about the environment shot up by 25 percent for people with a primary education; 37 percent for people with a secondary education; and 46 percent for people with tertiary education. Being educated means developing a greater awareness of the impact that we can have on the environment, and thus seeking to mitigate that impact.

It also means being able to work for green industries, who demand specific skillsets

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But let us not forget that green industries, the future of our world, demand particular skillsets that could not be acquired without access to education. Among those skillsets, we can mention basic literacy and numeracy, but also the various technical skills associated with carbon measurement and the transition towards green production in general. We will need leaders for that transition, people who will be able to put their managerial skills to good use for the benefit of the green economy. And such skills are, once again, enormously facilitated by access to education.

Greater access to education can also help slow down population growth

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Here’s a last illustration of how education contributes to the health of the environment and can thereby greatly reduce the risk of natural disaster. It can help curb global carbon emissions by contributing to a slower population growth. Did you know that a woman with no education will on average have five children, while a woman with 12 years of education will only have one or two? An average person produces five metric tons in CO2 emissions per year. It therefore follows that women’s access to education can massively, if indirectly, contribute to disaster risk reduction.

Little do we know…

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In 2017, Aide et Action International provided education to 2.2 million people in 19 countries. This means that 2.2 million more people in the world will be more likely to care about the environment, work in green industries, and tend towards a moderate family size – all enabling factors for the health of our planet, and thus for the reduction of disaster risks. Nevertheless, hundreds of millions of people remain excluded from education. So much more can be done for them and for the planet!

Education is the most powerful way to change in this world!

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Help us ensure that every girl, boy, woman, and man in this world get access to the quality education he or she deserves. By supporting us, you will not only change lives and uphold fundamental human rights, you will also make this world a better place, and a healthier and more secure environment to live in.

Happy International Day for Disaster Reduction! Please support us today!

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