Oxfam International Blogs - UN climate talks http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/tags/un-climate-talks en Raising rural women’s voices on the Road to Paris http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-10-12-raising-rural-womens-voices-road-paris <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>This week thousands of people around the world are standing shoulder to shoulder with rural women, who are not only feeling the harshest effects of climate change but, in the face of woeful government inaction, are also leading the fight in feeding their communities, and the world.</strong></p> <p>We meet women like <strong><a href="http://oxfamstories.org/climate-for-change/#section-5" rel="nofollow">Ipaishe, a farmer in Zimbabwe</a></strong> who is passionate about farming and vocal about the causes and solutions to climate change. And <strong><a href="http://oxfamstories.org/climate-for-change/#section-11" rel="nofollow">Langging, a young activist in the Philippines</a></strong> who thinks we should stop blaming each other and start doing what’s right – “imagine the impact we could have”.</p> <p>Across six continents and more than 20 countries these women’s voices are being heard; on the streets, by politicians, online, in forums, at flashmobs, through song, through dance, at festivals, dinners, and on film. Welcome to <strong><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/" rel="nofollow">GROW Week 2015</a></strong>!</p> <p>Raising these voices this GROW Week is particularly significant as we are now just weeks away from the <strong><a href="http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en" rel="nofollow">UN Climate Negotiations in Paris</a></strong> where government leaders from rich and poor countries will make big decisions about climate change that will affect all of us.</p> <p>Climate change is changing the world we love. It’s putting our homes, our land and our food at risk and it’s threatening the fight against hunger. For most of us, it means less quality food, less choice, and higher prices. For nearly a billion people already living in poverty, it means <strong><a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/15-10-01-climate-change-hunger-el-nino-could-push-us-unchartered-waters">more hunger</a></strong>.</p> <p>Our message to leaders is that they must ensure that money to help people cope with the effects of climate change is on the way up, and the use of fossil fuels, the biggest drivers of climate change, is on the way out. And they have to start by protecting the people whose lives and livelihoods are most at risk.</p> <p>This GROW Week we stand together to show what’s already possible and urge leaders to be as ambitious as these women in Paris.</p> <p>Climate Change. Poverty. Hunger. It’s all the same fight.</p> <h3>Read more</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://oxfamstories.org/climate-for-change/" rel="nofollow">Hear straight from Ipaishe, Langging and others</a></strong></p> <h3>What you can do</h3> <p><a href="https://act.oxfam.org/international/climate-change" rel="nofollow"><strong>Take action on climate change</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Share our new film: <a href="http://oxfamstories.org/climate-for-change/" rel="nofollow">4 stories, 4 continents, 4 inspirational women.</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Raising rural women’s voices on the Road to Paris</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/15-10-12-les-femmes-rurales-se-font-entendre-sur-la-route-de-paris" title="Les femmes rurales se font entendre sur la route de Paris" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/15-10-12-la-voz-de-las-mujeres-agricultoras-llega-hasta-paris" title="La voz de las mujeres agricultoras llega hasta París" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 05:10:00 +0000 Sarah Watson 27858 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-10-12-raising-rural-womens-voices-road-paris#comments The end of UNFCCC COP20 in Peru: What will it take for governments to act? http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-12-15-end-unfccc-cop20-peru-what-will-it-take-governments-act <div class="field field-name-body"><p>After <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/14-12-03-cop-20-oxfam-daily-download"><strong>two weeks of splitting hairs</strong></a> over key elements of a new climate treaty at the UN climate talks here in Lima, <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2014-12-14/rough-seas-ahead-climate-talks-paris-deal-still-horizon"><strong>governments failed once again</strong></a> to put the world on a pathway to keep global warming under control.</p> <p>It is sobering to think that this same process of UN climate negotiations started 20 years ago! What will it take for governments to act?</p> <h3>Reasons for optimism</h3> <p>Yet, as I am about to leave Lima, I am strangely filled with a great sense of optimism.</p> <p>Last week started badly with the looming threat of another major typhoon in the Philippines, the third in four years. Thankfully, <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/philippines-typhoon-hagupit"><strong>Typhoon Hagupit</strong></a> slowed down before it hit landfall.</p> <p>Years of efforts on Disaster Risk Reduction by local communities and the government, supported by Oxfam and many others, are also <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2014-12-07/oxfam-philippine-governments-massive-pre-emptive-evacuation-has"><strong>starting to pay off</strong></a>. While tragically 650,000 families were affected and 21 people lost their lives, last year the number of people killed by Typhoon Haiyan was a massive 6,300.</p> <p><strong>Needless to say, much more needs to be done to help communities adapt</strong> in the Philippines and elsewhere – <a href="http://www.unep.org/NewsCentre/default.aspx?DocumentID=2814&amp;ArticleID=11097" target="_blank"><strong>UNEP put out a report</strong></a> estimating the investment gap for adaptation in the developing world to be $350 billion - but the Philippines example shows that adaptation is not beyond reach.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" xml:lang="en"><p>"Climate change is not just about the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climate?src=hash">#climate</a>, it is about our lives" <a href="http://t.co/fos1hMqyvM">http://t.co/fos1hMqyvM</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Winnie_Byanyima">@Winnie_Byanyima</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COP20?src=hash">#COP20</a> <a href="http://t.co/an43bN820a">pic.twitter.com/an43bN820a</a></p> <p>— Oxfam International (@Oxfam) <a href="https://twitter.com/Oxfam/status/543521024219041792">December 12, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Another highlight for me has been the fact that <strong>governments are finally committing money to the Green Climate Fund</strong> (GCF) — the $10 billion mark was reached in Lima. Oxfam and its allies have been working for years on this goal and when we started 8 years ago, we were doubtful we would ever see this day. While we are far from the badly needed $100 billion which was promised in Copenhagen in 2005, we can’t underestimate what has been achieved at a time when aid for development is increasingly unpopular.</p> <p>Even Australia, which is one of the biggest blockers on climate change, bowed to international pressure and <a href="http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_141210.aspx"><strong>committed $200 million</strong></a> here in Lima to the GCF. Now we have to make sure that mobilised resources are <a href="http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/australias-climate-fund-contribution-robbing-achim-pay-hela-60506"><strong>put to best use</strong></a> - for projects that truly cut emissions and keep people and economies safe from the devastations of a changing climate.</p> <h3>Power from the Peruvians</h3> <p>Since I’ve been here, I’ve been both energized and humbled by the <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/14-12-10-listening-people-amazon-during-cop-20-story-land-rights"><strong>strength and resolve of the people of Peru</strong></a> who are at the frontline of fighting against polluters and climate change. This week 15,000 people – the biggest climate march ever in Latin America - turned out.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" xml:lang="en"><p>Why we joined the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeoplesClimate?src=hash">#PeoplesClimate</a> March at the UN Climate Talks in Peru <a href="http://t.co/6hotpyG1Wa">http://t.co/6hotpyG1Wa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COP20?src=hash">#COP20</a> <a href="http://t.co/UcsNIppA2Y">pic.twitter.com/UcsNIppA2Y</a></p> <p>— Oxfam International (@Oxfam) <a href="https://twitter.com/Oxfam/status/543768612742651904">December 13, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The march ground Lima to a halt: indigenous peoples (facing the same threats as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-verb/the-widows-of-saweto_b_6289314.html"><strong>the Saweto community</strong></a>, whose leaders lost their lives to protect trees and rivers of the rainforest from illegal logging and mining), rural women from all over Central and South America defending their rights to farm their land against big agribusiness, trade unions who are demanding greener and better jobs, and thousands of others from all walks of life united in a call for climate action and for basic rights. This march embodied what fighting against climate change is all about — a fight for the people, by the people.</p> <h3>On to Paris</h3> <p>As we are gearing up for the final year of UN negotiations on a global climate deal, civil society groups from around the world gathered here in Lima. Trade unions, environmental and development NGOs, faith groups, social movements from Africa, Asia and Latin America, all vowed to make 2015 a turning point when governments and the private sector will give in to people’s demands and have the courage to take the actions that are required to keep all of us safe from climate change.</p> <h3>What you can do now</h3> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/campaigns/food-and-climate-justice"><strong>Join Oxfam's campaign to help stop climate change making people hungry</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Read the blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/14-12-10-listening-people-amazon-during-cop-20-story-land-rights">Listening to people of the Amazon during COP 20: A story of land rights</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Share this graphic below with your friends:</strong></p> <p><img alt="Graphic: Winnie Byanyima quote" title="Graphic: Winnie Byanyima quote" src="http://blogs.oxfam.org/sites/default/files/blogimages/winnie-final1-en-instagram-640x640.jpg" /></p> </div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>The end of UNFCCC COP20 in Peru: What will it take for governments to act?</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/14-12-17-el-final-de-la-cmnucc-cop20-en-per%C3%BA-%C2%BFa-qu%C3%A9-est%C3%A1n-esperando-los-gobiernos-para-actuar" title="El final de la CMNUCC COP20 en Perú: ¿A qué están esperando los Gobiernos para actuar?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/14-12-17-que-faut-il-faire-pour-que-les-gouvernements-se-d%C3%A9cident-%C3%A0-agir-face-au-changement" title="Que faut-il faire pour que les gouvernements se décident à agir face au changement climatique ?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:50:38 +0000 Celine Charveriat 24337 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-12-15-end-unfccc-cop20-peru-what-will-it-take-governments-act#comments Thousands marching for climate justice in Poland http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-11-18-thousands-marching-climate-justice-poland <div class="field field-name-body"><p>This weekend, thousands of people marched at the <strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-11-11-three-reasons-i-hope-poland-climate-talks-are-just-poland">UN climate talks in Warsaw</a></strong>, to send the message that we must stop climate change now.</p> <p>Among the people gathered was a vibrant group of Oxfam activists who had taken a train all the way from Belgium to tell governments from around the world how important climate jutsice is. Armed with placards, balloons, face paint and chants (all of them green), they wowed us with their energy and passion. Of course, the fact that they're so enthusiastic should be no surprise - <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/climate" rel="nofollow">climate change is hitting poor people hard around the world</a>.</strong></p> <p></p> <p>Our ebullient activists had one particular message for world leaders: <strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-11-13-four-reasons-why-oxfam-big-heads-campaigning-poland-climate-talks">a climate crisis is a food crisis</a></strong>. Rising temperatures are having a huge impact on food. Unless we get climate change under control, food prices will keep rising, floods and droughts will devastate harvests, more crops will fail, food quality will drop, farmers around the world will struggle to cope, and millions more people will be trapped by chronic hunger.</p> <p>We can prevent this from becoming our new reality. But the time for action is now. Climate change is a global problem; world leaders need to take clear steps towards a global response at the climate talks in Poland - now.</p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/apr/04/climate-change-renewableenergy" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong></strong></a><strong>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-11-15-warsaw-good-polands-role-climate-change-talks">Warsaw: What is it good for? Poland’s role in the climate change talks</a></strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-11-15-warsaw-good-polands-role-climate-change-talks"></a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-11-13-four-reasons-why-oxfam-big-heads-campaigning-poland-climate-talks">What is Oxfam calling for at the UN Climate Talks in Poland</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/5-natural-disasters-beg-climate-action" rel="nofollow">5 natural disasters that beg for climate action</a></strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Thousands marching for climate justice in Poland</h2></div> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:45:22 +0000 Al Kinley 10513 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-11-18-thousands-marching-climate-justice-poland#comments Emotivo discurso del embajador de Filipinas: un poderoso alegato para luchar contra el cambio climático http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10504 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Ayer, durante la jornada inaugural de la <a href="http://unfccc.int/meetings/warsaw_nov_2013/session/7767.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">cumbre del clima de la ONU</a> en Varsovia, representantes de países de todo el mundo llenaron la sala de conferencias para escuchar a Yeb Sano, principal negociador sobre el clima de Filipinas. En su intervención, describió “la devastación inimaginable, horrible y sin precedentes que el tifón Haiyan ha dejado a su paso –el mayor tifón de la historia reciente–”</strong>.</p> <p>En un <strong><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SSXLIZkM3E" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">emotivo llamamiento</a></strong>, Yeb relató su agónica espera hasta que tuvo noticias de sus familiares, el alivio que sintió cuando supo que su hermano había sobrevivido, así como las traumáticas experiencias que ha sufrido durante los últimos días, en los que “hambriento y exhausto, amontonaba los cadáveres de las víctimas con sus propias manos.” </p> <p>Fue, con diferencia, la intervención más emotiva que he escuchado desde que, hace años, empecé a seguir las idas y venidas de las negociaciones sobre el clima. Las conmovedoras y poderosas palabras llenaron la enorme y tan a menudo desangelada sala de conferencias, y devolvieron a los asistentes a la realidad de lo que supone el cambio climático para algunas de las personas más pobres y vulnerables del mundo. Las lágrimas corrían por las mejillas de muchos de los presentes.  </p> <h3><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/oxfam-extreme-weather-revised.png" target="_blank"></a>Clima extremo</h3> <p>Si bien es imposible discernir si una tormenta, inundación u ola de calor en concreto se debe al cambio climático, la comunidad científica tiene claro que los fenómenos meteorológicos extremos como el tifón Haiyan serán más frecuentes según avanza el calentamiento mundial.   </p> <p><strong>No hay razones más convincentes que las palabras de Yeb Sano para reducir las emisiones de gases</strong> y ayudar a los países pobres a prepararse y adaptarse a un clima cada vez más extremo y errático. Sin embargo, no parece nada claro que los representantes de los países sentados en la mesa de negociaciones en Varsovia estén listos para reaccionar con la urgencia necesaria.   </p> <p><strong>Las personas que viven en las zonas devastadas de Filipinas necesitan de manera inmediata alimentos, agua y atención médica, y <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/emergencies/tifon-haiyan" rel="nofollow">Oxfam está trabajando duro</a></strong> para proporcionar agua apta para el consumo y saneamiento a las familias de las zonas más afectadas. Pero las comunidades pobres de Filipinas, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Guatemala y el resto del mundo también necesitan ayuda para asegurarse de que puedan prepararse y adaptarse a un clima cada vez más extremo y errático.</p> <h3>Detengamos esta locura</h3> <p><strong>Los Gobiernos pueden demostrar que realmente estaban escuchando a Yeb Sano</strong> y que están listos para reaccionar de manera urgente contra el cambio climático acordando en Varsovia la creación de un mecanismo internacional sobre la pérdida y el daño que aborde los efectos del cambio climático a los que no sea posible adaptarse  –como la pérdida de vidas o la destrucción de un país–.  </p> <p>Los países desarrollados también deben declarar cómo van a cumplir la promesa que hicieron hace cuatro años en Copenhague de aportar 100.000 millones de dólares anuales a partir de 2020 para abordar el cambio climático; y deben  anunciar un compromiso financiero aquí y ahora para ayudar a los países pobres a afrontar los efectos del cambio climático. </p> <p>Los países pobres que se encuentran en primera línea antes los efectos del cambio climático necesitan saber que ese dinero estará disponible, que no provendrá de presupuestos de ayuda ya existentes y que no se concederá en forma de préstamos que difícilmente podrían devolver. Si bien es innegable que se trata de una cantidad de dinero considerable, es una gota de agua en el océano comparado con las inmensas sumas de dinero –hasta 90.000 millones de dólares anuales– que los países desarrollados gastaron en subsidios para los combustibles fósiles entre 2005 y 2011. </p> <p>Como dijo Yeb Sano, “Lo que está sufriendo mi país como resultado de este fenómeno meteorológico extremo es una locura. <strong>La crisis climática es una locura… y podemos parar esta locura aquí mismo, en Varsovia</strong>”. </p> <p> </p> <h3>Más información</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/emergencies/tifon-haiyan" rel="nofollow">Haz un donativo para el trabajo de emergencia de Oxfam en Filipinas </a></strong></p> <p><strong>Lee el blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/es/blogs/13-11-12-tres-razones-por-las-que-espero-que-conversaciones-sobre-clima-en-polonia-sean-como-pais-anfitrion">Tres razones por las que espero que las conversaciones sobre el clima en Polonia sean como el país anfitrión</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Únete a la <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/crece/signup" rel="nofollow">campaña CRECE</a> de Oxfam</strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Emotivo discurso del embajador de Filipinas: un poderoso alegato para luchar contra el cambio climático </h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-11-12-un-plaidoyer-vibrant-de-l%E2%80%99ambassadeur-des-philippines-pour-la-lutte-contre-le-changem" title="Un plaidoyer vibrant de l’ambassadeur des Philippines pour la lutte contre le changement climatique " class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_en last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-11-12-climate-talks-philippines-rep-announces-fast-people-affected-typhoon-haiyan" title="Philippines rep&#039;s tearful testimony makes compelling case for climate action" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> </ul> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:07:21 +0000 Al Kinley 10504 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10504#comments Philippines rep's tearful testimony makes compelling case for climate action http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-11-12-climate-talks-philippines-rep-announces-fast-people-affected-typhoon-haiyan <div class="field field-name-body"><p>At the opening of the <strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-11-11-three-reasons-i-hope-poland-climate-talks-are-just-poland">UN climate talks in Warsaw</a></strong> yesterday representatives of countries from around the globe packed into the conference hall to hear the lead climate negotiator for the Philippines, Yeb Sano, describe the ‘unthinkable, horrific and unprecedented devastation left in the wake of Typoon Haiyan - the strongest typhoon in modern recorded history’. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SSXLIZkM3E" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>In an emotional appeal</strong> </a>Yeb told of his agonising wait for word from his relatives, his relief that his brother has survived the onslaught and the traumatic experiences his brother had lived through over the past few days ‘hungry and weary, he gathered bodies of the dead with his own hands.”</p> <p>It was by far the most moving intervention I have heard in all the years I have followed the highs and lows of the climate change negotiations. With these poignant and powerful words, everyone in the huge conference hall, which is so often devoid of atmosphere, was brought face to face with the reality of what climate change means for some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities across the world and yes <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24899647" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>tears were shed</strong></a> by many.</p> <h3><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/oxfam-extreme-weather-revised.png" target="_blank"></a>More extreme weather</h3> <p>While it is impossible to say whether any one storm, flood or heat wave results from climate change, scientists are clear that extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan, will become more likely as the world warms.</p> <p>There can be no more compelling reason to reduce emissions and help poor countries prepare for and adapt to extreme and erratic weather than the case put by Yeb Sano. However, it is by no means certain that country officials sitting around the negotiating tables in Warsaw are ready to act with the urgency demanded.</p> <p>People in devastated areas of the Philippines need food, water, medical attention and shelter right now and <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/philippines-typhoon-haiyan" rel="nofollow">Oxfam is working hard to deliver clean water and sanitation to families in some of the worst affected areas</a>.</strong> But poor communities in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Guatemala and around the world also need help to ensure that they can prepare for and adapt to increasingly extreme and erratic weather.</p> <h3>Stop this madness</h3> <p>Governments can show that they were truly listening to Yeb Sano’s words and are ready to take urgent climate action by agreeing here in Warsaw an international mechanism on loss and damage that addresses the impacts of climate change which it is not possible to adapt to – such as loss of life or nation. </p> <p>Developed countries must also spell out how they plan to deliver the $100 billion a year by 2020 for climate finance- promised four years ago in Copenhagen and clearly commit money right here, right now to help poor countries cope with the impacts of climate change.</p> <p>Poor countries on the climate front line need to know this money will be available, that it won’t be diverted from existing aid budgets or given as loans which they will struggle to pay back. While there is no getting away from the fact that this is a significant chunk of money it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the huge sums - up to $90 billion a year – rich countries spent on <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/oxfam-media-briefing-cop19-11nov2013.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>fossil fuel subsidies</strong></a> between 2005 and 2011.</p> <p>As Yeb Sano said, ‘What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is madness… we can stop this madness, right here in Warsaw.”</p> <p> </p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><strong>Support <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/haiyan-response" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's Typhoon Haiyan Appeal</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Read</strong> how climate change is making extreme weather much more likely: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/policy/extreme-weather-extreme-prices" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Extreme Weather, Extreme Prices</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Join <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/signup" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's GROW campaign</a>,</strong> to help ensure we all have enough to eat, always<strong></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Philippines rep&#039;s tearful testimony makes compelling case for climate action</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-11-12-emotivo-discurso-embajador-filipinas-poderoso-alegato-contra-cambio.climatico" title="Emotivo discurso del embajador de Filipinas: un poderoso alegato para luchar contra el cambio climático " class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-11-12-un-plaidoyer-vibrant-de-l%E2%80%99ambassadeur-des-philippines-pour-la-lutte-contre-le-changem" title="Un plaidoyer vibrant de l’ambassadeur des Philippines pour la lutte contre le changement climatique " class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:49:14 +0000 Kelly Dent 10510 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-11-12-climate-talks-philippines-rep-announces-fast-people-affected-typhoon-haiyan#comments Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17 http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-12-07-tweet-leader <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>The <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/climate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">climate negotiations in Durban</a> are stuttering.</strong> 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 <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/policy/gender-and-green-climate-fund" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Green Climate Fund</strong></a>.</p> <p><strong>We need you to urge our leaders along the path to a sustainable planet.</strong> Together with Oxfam members across the world you can tweet at a range of the key players here at the <a href="http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com/" rel="nofollow"><strong>Durban UN Climate Summit</strong></a>. So, if you’re on Twitter, here are some suggestions for you to tweet:</p> <p>In terms of the USA: To <a href="http://twitter.com/home?status=To%20%40StateDept%20Stop%20blocking%20%23COP17%20support%20for%20shipping%20pollution%20charges.%20Step%20up%20or%20step%20aside%21%20%23GROW" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>@StateDept Stop blocking #COP17 emissions cutting initiatives. Step up or step aside! #GROW</strong></a><strong>Here’s why they need to hear your messages.</strong> </p> <p><strong>Increasingly the fate of the talks</strong> rests on discussions over the timeline for countries to increase their emissions cuts in line with the overwhelming scientific consensus. In the negotiations there has been a lot of scary talk about doing nothing until 2020 – which gives us little chance of keeping warming under 2 degrees. Large emitters, including the US, are pushing this distressing narrative. With just a few days left of COP17, the stakes are high.</p> <p><strong>On the financing side</strong>, talks are ongoing about ways to fill the Green Climate Fund.  One exciting area that is emerging as a genuine possibility is a tax on shipping pollution, called a bunkers tax. <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/policy/out-bunker-shipping-emissions" rel="nofollow"><strong>We’ve estimated</strong></a> that this could raise in the region of $10 billion a year for the fund. We’re delighted to see that Bloomberg have reported <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-05/shipping-fuel-charges-may-fund-climate-aid-un-document-shows.html" rel="nofollow"><strong>Shipping Fuel Charges May Fund Climate Aid, UN Document Shows</strong></a> and today the UK based Daily Telegraph also highlighted this source of income as a realistic outcome. </p> <p>We need to ensure that this makes it to the final agreement. Here you can also play your part. Tweet the messages below and ask that our leaders don’t let vested interests talk them out of taking this strong action. </p> <p><a href="http://twitter.com/home?status=To%20%40StateDept%20Stop%20blocking%20%23COP17%20support%20for%20shipping%20pollution%20charges.%20Step%20up%20or%20step%20aside%21%20%23GROW" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> <strong>To @StateDept Stop blocking #COP17 support for shipping pollution charges. Step up or step aside! #GROW</strong></a></p> <p> <a href="http://twitter.com/home?status=To%20%40SApresident%20maximise%20%23COP17%20presidency.%20Support%20shipping%20pollution%20charges%20now%20to%20fill%20the%20Climate%20Fund%20%23GROW%20%23southafrica" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>To @SApresident maximise #COP17 presidency. Support shipping pollution charges now to fill the Climate Fund #GROW #southafrica</strong></a></p> <p>There is still plenty of discussion to be had in the final days of COP17. With your support we’ll be fighting hard to secure money for the Climate Fund and more action on emissions reductions.</p> <p><em>More on <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/climate" rel="nofollow"><strong>Oxfam's work at the COP17</strong></a> UN climate talks in Durban.</em></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blog/11-12-08-twitea-los-politicos-un-poco-de-accion-en-la-conferencia-climatica-de-durban-cop17" title="&#039;Twittea&#039; a los políticos: hagamos que se muevan en la conferencia climática de Durban COP17" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blog/11-12-08-twitter-cop17-climat-envoyez-tweets-responsables-politiques" title="COP 17 sur le climat : envoyez vos tweets aux responsables politiques" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 15:52:52 +0000 Ian Sullivan 9692 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-12-07-tweet-leader#comments Angélique Kidjo: Climate Action, One Bite at a Time http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-11-30-angelique-kidjo <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>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 <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/climate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Durban</a>.</strong> 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. So for all those politicians and officials who are telling us a fully comprehensive deal on climate change is unrealistic – at least in the next few years - here is my advice that will hopefully not have them leaving South Africa with chronic indigestion. First of all let us agree on starters. Climate change is real and dithering over a deal is not an option. It is already devastating the lives and livelihoods of many of the world’s poorest people as increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather hits harvests and contributes to rising food prices.  As temperatures rise, crop yields will fall, possibly to half of their current levels in some African countries within our lifetimes or that of our children. This is not only an issue of our common humanity it is also an issue of justice. People on the frontline of climate change – from villagers living on the flood plains of Bangladesh to farmers eking out a living from the dry and dusty soil in Zimbabwe – are the ones who are least able to cope and are also the least responsible.   For the main course in Durban what the politicians need to agree is action on the emissions gap. For the sake of us all we must keep global temperature rise at 1.5oC and that means urgently dramatically reducing the amount of carbon and other emissions we pump up into the atmosphere. Rich, developed countries must show leadership on being ambitious with their emission cuts so that others also agree to strengthen and commit to their pledges before it is too late. Once the plates are cleared away the just deserts would be agreement on the legal form of a new deal which preserves and builds on the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Kyoto Protocol</strong></a>. At stake are people’s lives – we must enshrine our commitments to tackle this crisis in the strongest possible legal form, not roll back on our existing international commitments. We must strive for a comprehensive, fair, ambitious, legally binding deal as soon as possible. Finally there is always the bill to pay and there will be the inevitable arguments over how to split it. For this there are a range of new innovative options such as a small tax on financial transactions and a fair carbon charge on shipping and aviation emissions, which would help to deliver the new money needed to fill the <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/category/tags/climate-fund" target="_blank"><strong>Green Climate Fund</strong></a>, and ensure it is not left as an empty shell. This was established at the last climate talks in Cancun to channel funds to poor countries to help them adapt to the changing climate and develop in a low carbon way. Governments have said that they are committed to mobilising $100bn a year by 2020. At Durban they need to agree who is paying what and when. So delegates to the conference I wish you well. And for the sake of us all I hope you leave this fine land of ours satiated but not with an upset stomach.</p> <p><strong>More</strong></p> <p><em>Born in Benin in West Africa, Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist and an <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/about/ambassadors/angelique-kidjo" rel="nofollow"><strong>Oxfam Global Ambassador</strong></a>.</em></p> <p>Support <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/grow" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oxfam’s GROW Campaign</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Angélique Kidjo: Climate Action, One Bite at a Time</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blog/11-12-02-angelique-kidjo-luchar-paso-paso-contra-el-cambio-climatico" title="Angélique Kidjo: Poco a poco contra el cambio climático" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blog/11-12-06-angelique-kidjo-agir-pour-climat-menu" title="Angélique Kidjo : agir pour le climat par le menu" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:29:23 +0000 Angélique Kidjo 9682 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-11-30-angelique-kidjo#comments