In the race against the climate crisis, we can’t leave anyone behind.

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Time is running out for millions of the world’s most vulnerable people.

The climate crisis doesn’t affect everyone equally. People in vulnerable communities are already losing their homes, their livelihoods and their lives.

This November, world leaders will meet at the UN Climate Summit (COP26) to accelerate climate action. So, for this World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, we’re coming together for #TheHumanRace: a global challenge for climate action in solidarity with people who need it the most.

Solidarity begins with developed countries fulfilling their decade old pledge of $100 billion annually for climate action in developing countries.

Join #TheHumanRace

How to get involved:

1. Join the challenge

Run, ride, swim, walk or do any activity of your choice to take part in #TheHumanRace on Strava. Log 100 minutes of total activity between 16 and 31 August to demand climate action.

Every minute of activity counts towards carrying our message to world leaders at COP26.

Don’t have Strava? It’s free, available on iPhone and Android, and can be used by itself or with all major fitness-tracking devices.

2. Add your voice

Add your name to join #TheHumanRace so we can let world leaders know that we’re all in this together, and that they must keep their promise of $100 billion annually for climate action for the world’s most vulnerable people.

On the frontlines of the climate crisis.

To win the race against the climate emergency, every action counts. Here are some people to race for.

Muna (Somalia)

Muna can no longer go to school due to a combination of COVID-19, conflict and climate shocks.

Carlon (Marshall Islands)

Carlon may soon be forced to flee his home due to rising sea levels.

Laxmi (Nepal)

Laxmi lost her home, her livelihood and all her belongings due to flooding.

Ki (Chad)

Ki and her family struggle to cope due to the combined effects of conflict and the climate crisis.

Want to learn more about the climate emergency and what is being done about it?

The race doesn’t stop here

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Speaking out and telling world leaders to take action is important. But you can act, too. Find out how to continue your race against the climate crisis clock.

What is World Humanitarian Day?

On 19 August 2003, a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 22 humanitarian aid workers, including the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Five years later, the General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).

Each year, WHD focuses on a theme, bringing together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.

This year, we highlight the immediate human cost of the climate crisis by pressuring world leaders to take meaningful climate action for the world’s most vulnerable people.

WHD is a campaign by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and humanitarian partners.