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On the eve of the UN climate talks begin next week, I'm not going to bore you with facts and figures. Rather I want to share an inspiring video.
Throughout 2009, Oxfam organized Climate Hearings around the world. From local villages to large-scale moment, the Climate Hearings project brings the voices of those most affected by the devastating impacts of climate change directly to decision makers who have an opportunity to do something about it – at the local, national, and global level.
So far, 1.5 million people – from 36 countries across the world – have attended Oxfam's climate hearings. United by the impact that climate change is already having on their lives, people spoke out about the need for a global treaty to cut emissions and to help the poorest countries adapt. These are the voices of climate change. And this is their story.
Climate hearings have so far taken place in: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, UK, Zambia.
Together we're all pushing for a fair, ambitious and binding deal at COP15.
Find more videos and stories at climatehearings.org.
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