Majority of clothing producing regions in Asia will be underwater by 2030
The analysis, produced by two Cornell researchers as part of a paper commissioned by the International Labor Organization (ILO), warns that the issue of sea level rise is receiving little attention from major sustainability efforts in the sector.
“The rapid increases in sea level rise and heat that will directly affect many garment workers in Asia have received little attention,” wrote authors Jason Judd and J. Lowell Jackson of the center. Cornell Research Fellow of the New Conversations Project.
“It appears that some garment production centers representing a significant percentage of current production will not escape the predicted acceleration of the climate crisis.”
While large transnational suppliers may be able to shut down facilities in vulnerable areas and consolidate production on higher land, smaller-scale suppliers will be the most affected, the article’s authors said, stressing the example of Bangladesh – the second largest exporter of clothing. .
“We are worried. This is a real threat. More and more factories are getting greener. Our factories could still disappear under water,” said Shahidullah Azim, vice president of the Manufacturers and Exporters Association. clothing store from Bangladesh, about the results.
“But we cannot move our factories to a higher location overnight. We are already going through an unprecedented period due to the pandemic. Where are we going to get the money? Who will pay us?”
The analysis, which covered Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Tirippur, Dhaka, Guangzhou, Columbo, and Ho Chi Minh City, overlaid a map of factory locations from the open-source Open Apparel Registry database on data from the U.S. think tank on Climate change Climate In the center of where the altitude will fall below the level of a coastal flood on average once a year by 2030.
Climate Central’s data is based on projections of global datasets published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, according to its website.
The overlaid maps paint the worst picture in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Guangzhou, China, where an estimated 50-60% of factories will be below average annual coastal flooding by now. the end of the decade.
“This calls for urgent action at the global level both to reduce emissions in order to limit warming while providing funding for workers to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change”, Saleemul Huq, director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development at Independent University, Bangladesh, said results.