Colonialism represents an expansionist mindset and the desire for power, exploitation and control over a certain area. For centuries, the influence of colonialism has altered the risk landscape of countries across the globe, either by maintained forms of marginalization, reinforcing elitist systems or supporting exploitative practices that intensify inequality or degrade the local environment. Notably, colonialism continues to take place under new forms, hidden in international policies, the economy and aid programmes, among other expressions of neocolonialist power.
A chain reaction to ecosystem collapse
Losing our eyes in the sky
On 14 August 2021, Haiti was hit by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake with an epicentre in the Canal du Sud (120 km west of the capital, Port-au-Prince). The earthquake killed over 2,200 people and injured more than 12,000.
Southern Madagascar’s worst drought in 40 years led to severe stress on vegetation, triggering a drastic decline in rice, maize and cassava production. By December 2021, more than 1.6 million people were estimated to have been suffering high levels of food insecurity.