Winnie Byanyima and Amina J Mohammed at the #PeoplesClimate march in New York

Blog: Turning up the heat on Climate action – no time for delay

By Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International's Executive Director - Climate change is no longer just coming. It’s here already. In the past five years, more than 650 million people have been affected and more than 112,000 lives lost as a result of weather-related disasters. And the financial cost of this chaos has been immense - almost half a trillion dollars – three times the costs in the whole of the 1970s.

Hungry? The EU biofuels industry has feed for you

Blog: Hungry? The EU biofuels industry has feed for you

Biofuels were back in the spotlight in Brussels last week when the European Parliament and European Energy Ministers gathered to discuss a review of EU biofuels legislation. Oxfam is concerned that EU policy creates incentives for biofuels production which pushes up food prices, encourages land grabs and, in many cases, increases rather than reduces dangerous greenhouse gas emissions.

A solar power system installed in the village of Tangaye, Burkina Faso. Photo: NASA

Blog: Sustainable development goals: Earth scientists respond to the doughnut

Some initial thoughts on yesterday’s post on doughnut economics from

Blog: Can we live inside the doughnut? Why the world needs planetary and social boundaries

This blog summaries a new Discussion Paper published by Oxfam. It does not represent Oxfam policy, but is intended to encourage public debate in the run-up to the UN conference on sustainable devolpment (Rio+20) in June.

When crossing unknown territory, a compass can be pretty handy. Achieving sustainable development for nine billion people has to be high on the list of humanity’s great uncharted journeys. So here’s an idea for a global-scale compass to point us in the right direction (Fig 1).

Oxfam's stunt shows how the food we all rely on is at risk in the face of a changing climate. Ainhoa Goma/Oxfam

Blog: Climate deal fails poor people

Negotiators at the UN climate talks have narrowly avoided a collapse, agreeing to the bare minimum deal possible as the UN climate talks in Durban went well beyond the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth hours.

Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17

Blog: Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17

The climate negotiations in Durban are stuttering. There is little progress on agreement on the emission reductions needed to keep warming below 2 degrees. There is also a rumbling debate about how to fill the Green Climate Fund.

Oxfam puppets: Mama Mhlaba (Zulu for Mother Earth) & Baba Manzi (Father Water). Credit: Ainhoa Goma/Oxfam

Blog: Thousands call for climate justice while countries prepare their blindfolds

Saturday 3 December was not a normal day for the population of Durban, South Africa. A climate march wound around the streets of the centre as somewhere between 10, 000 to 15,000 people called for – in fact demanded – action on climate change. They brought the city to a colourful, vibrant and peaceful standstill.

Oxfam demands a fair deal on bunkers at COP17. Credit: Ainhoa Goma/Oxfam

Blog: Singing, dancing and lack of decision at COP17 Climate Change Summit

So the first week of #COP17, Durban Climate Change Summit is done. There has been energy and vibrancy outside the meeting rooms to focus our leaders on taking the action necessary to safeguard the future of our planet.

Caravan of hope

Blog: Climate change campaigning: An artist, a farmer and a caravan

Recently we bought you news about the Trans-African Caravan of Hope as it began the 4,000 mile journey from Burundi to South Africa for COP 17, taking in ten countries along the way. As the caravan heads south, towards Durban, we caught up with two of the caravanites.

Alexis Phiri is a Zambian artist, writer and climate change activist.

Barbecued mealies (corn cobs), madumbes (root vegetable like potatoes), grilled beef, and puthu (stiff maize porridge), South Africa. Photo: Paul Weinberg/Oxfam.

Blog: Angélique Kidjo: Climate Action, One Bite at a Time

There is an old African riddle I am very fond of: “How do you eat an elephant?” To which the answer is “A bite at a time.” It should be on every ones lips at the climate change talks in Durban. It can seem that climate change is so big, so complex, so all encompassing that, like our culinary elephant, it is too big to handle and there is nothing we can do to make a difference. Not true. It just needs to be taken a bite at a time. 


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