Climate lessons from the Ebola outbreak

Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, recently faced a severe Ebola crisis. To respond, the seven townships of Monrovia got together to disseminate information about virus. People did not yet believe in the threat, and it was critical to get the word out immediately.

There are lessons to be drawn when it comes to climate action.

"The change in rainy and dry seasons has impacted Monrovia. We are faced with the reality in Monrovia as in any city in the world," says Clara Doe-Mvogo, Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia. Ebola was tackled by going to the community level – a reminder that local governments need to send the message that climate change is real and that citizens have an important role in the solution.

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