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Devastating floods in Slovenia call for international joint action in fight against the climate change

Extreme climate changes caused by human activity have induced extreme natural disaster

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA — Unprecedented catastrophic floods that have swept through Slovenia are a reminder of the devastating impact of climate change on our lives, environment and communities. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) extends its heartfelt sympathies and empathy to the affected families and communities, human and animal alike. These floods underscore the pressing need for immediate and collaborative joint action in the fight against climate change and its devastating consequences.
This is the worst natural disaster in Slovenia's history so far. It has left a trail of destruction, caused many victims, and immense suffering among all living beings. The loss of lives, destroyed homes, devastated infrastructure, transcend borders and ideologies demand a united response. The climate crisis played a significant role in the severity of these floods.
The unprecedented downpour of rain, amounting to a month's worth in a single day, is a stark indicator of the intensifying weather patterns driven by climate change.
It is sad that the disaster occurred despite the fact that Slovenia took all precautionary measures - extreme climate changes, caused by human activity, have caused extreme natural disasters. Record heat waves, forest fires, devastating storms, rains, hailstorms, floods and droughts are not isolated incidents, but clear signs that our planet is in trouble.
One of the first steps in responding to the increasing and intense extreme weather changes is investing in adapting the infrastructure to climate change. Using nature-based solutions in flood protection systems and runoff management, and updating the building codes, are also imperative.
In order to withstand future challenges it is important to acknowledge the critical role that healthy ecosystems play in mitigating floods. By restoring our ecosystems, primarily riverine areas, we create natural buffer zones that can absorb the excess rainfall. In order to prevent soil erosion and reduce the risk of floods in the future, the planned planting of forests is also necessary.
The sheer scope of climate change extends beyond national borders. Therefore, collaboration with neighboring countries, international organizations, and experts is of utmost importance. Such joint collaboration allows sharing the resources, knowledge, and best practices for climate adaptation and disaster management. By working together, we can develop more effective strategies to address the challenges posed by climate change. This is a blueprint for a more resilient and sustainable future. Slovenia and countries in the region can show the World that proactive and collective efforts can make a significant difference.
As we navigate through the aftermath of these floods, let us remember that only joint efforts can build a more secure world for us and generations to come.

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