Oxfam International Blogs - climate http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/tags/climate climate en COP21: Three perspectives on the Paris climate deal http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-12-14-cop21-three-perspectives-paris-climate-deal <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em>In Paris, the world’s powers have come together and agreed a global climate deal. Unfortunately, it is a deal that has <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2015-12-12/agreed-climate-deal-offers-frayed-life-line-worlds-poorest-people" rel="nofollow">short-changed the poorest and most vulnerable people</a> as they struggle with the reality of rising sea-levels, floods and drought.</em></p> <p><em>As the talks end, we speak to three people from around the world to get their highlight of COP21, their views on the outcomes of the climate talks, and what they think the next steps for the climate movement are after Paris.</em></p> </p> <h3>Chloe Bourguignon, Oxfam France volunteer from Strasbourg, France.</h3> </p> <p>While there were <strong>many inspirational moments</strong> this year, the biggest one for me came ahead of the COP because it made me realise how the movement really was growing. The highlight was being part of the alternative village; in my city over 10,000 people and 130 organisations participated and it was one of the first times when I saw so many people working on different projects come <strong>together for the fight against climate change</strong>.</p> <p>For me, the <strong>Paris deal is a disappointment but not a surprise</strong>, and it only makes me feel like we must push on with the work we've started. As part of a local group in France, I feel we have a really strong dynamic with our volunteers and also with lots of organisations across France. This year, although we know we may have different focuses, it’s really clear that overall we can come together and we need to continue this fight.</p> <p><img alt=" Oxfam" title=" Oxfam" height="512" width="1024" typeof="Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/chloe.jpg" /><em>Chloe here as part of the Oxfam France demonstrations on the streets of Paris</em></p> <p>As for what comes next, the aim for me is that we stay focused and together. We need to work out how we keep putting pressure on some topics and continue to bring more people into the movement - to keep it as international as possible, standing in solidarity and working with those being hit hardest by climate change to ensure we can help them to raise their voices on their experiences and solutions. In Strasbourg we'll continue to work together and use climate change as the single fight that exacerbates all others - especially inequality.</p> </p> <h3>Dorah Marema, from GenderCC Southern Africa</h3> </p> <p>The greatest moment for me this year, after many years of work on climate change, was hearing that <strong>our Sustainable Livelihoods project won an award at the Women and Gender Constituency for a gender-just solution to climate change</strong>. This means a lot for our communities and partners where we are implementing the project. It also encourages the communities to understand that they too are part of the solution to climate change. </p> <p><strong>The Paris deal has the potential to provide a framework within which our country could start tackling the issue of climate change.</strong> It will help facilitate the finance desperately needed to adapt to the already massive disasters arising from a changing climate and to cut the greenhouse gases that are causing this runaway problem. It is an important agreement because even though we all experience climate change differently, it affects everyone. </p> <p>As a result, <strong>it has to be tackled by the broader global community</strong>. Our communities are facing so many climate disasters, for example the drought and heatwaves ravaging my country South Africa. There is little hope of growing anything this year, there are the frustrations of water shortages, the many diseases and sicknesses brought by the heatwave and lack of water...I could go on and on. I know that we need to do something urgently but I don't know how this Paris agreement could translate into immediate relief for many of these communities, villagers, smallholder farmers and millions of women and children who are the majority of the victims of these disasters. </p> <p><img alt="Oxfam" title="Oxfam" height="512" width="1024" typeof="Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/dorah.jpg" /><em>Dorah speaking to camera inside the conference centre at COP21</em></p> <p>Since I have been here in Paris, it seems there is really little or no commitment and political will from the developed nations to make sure that this agreement is bold in its intention and ambitious in its targets in terms of the finance. </p> <p><strong>What was not very present for me in these global negotiations is the human side or the human face of the climate change problem.</strong> The tension here amongst countries is largely about the economic implications and they forget that if people or humans are wiped off the face of the earth, there will be no countries or nations to develop. </p> <p>For us the fight will continue at the national level where we will continue to work with communities to lobby our government. They have to be the ones that are pressurised so that they can in turn pressurise the global community to act. We need to see the political will to facilitate access to funds, we need to see small-grants for the smallholders farmers, particularly women. We need to hear immediately when they come back from COP21 what happened there, what is it that we can expect from them in terms of financial assistance and programmes to build capacity of women and grassroots communities to facilitate adaptation. </p> </p> <h3>Shubert Ciencia, Economic Justice Policy and Campaigns Manager with Oxfam in the Philippines</h3> </p> <p>Being from one of the countries that is being hit hardest by climate change and being part of the biggest climate march ever in the country was inspirational and helped affirm Oxfam's leadership in the climate change discourse in the Philippines. In Paris as part of the Philippines government delegation <strong>we continued to fight for the poorest and hardest hit</strong> - pushing hard to limit warming to 1.5 degrees, calling for money for the poorest to adapt their lives to climate change, and also pushing hard for the loss and damage part - which is calling for money and support for people who lose livelihoods and lives to climate change and cannot adapt.</p> </p> <p><img alt="Oxfam" title="Oxfam" height="512" width="1024" typeof="Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/shubert.jpg" /><em>Shubert with Riza (from the Oxfam East Asia team) with their tuktuks under the Eiffel Tower</em></p> <p><strong>The Paris deal should provide assurance to all the vulnerable communities of the world that they are not being forgotten</strong>; it should be a beacon of hope to those who are suffering most from the adverse effects of climate change; it should be the moment when the world set aside their parochial interests and take that one big bold step for humanity.</p> <p>But the deal is mere paper at this point in time. It should go beyond political postures to concrete and progressive action and implementation. Also after running the TuktukToParis campaign that brought, a tuktuk all the way to Paris (albeit a toy one!) carrying over 5,000 people’s voices, it was really an amazing moment for me to see this under the Eiffel Tower.</p> <p>Where to from here? In the words of the Singaporean minister: "let us stop scaring each other", and the Brazilian minister: "<strong>let us start with the green lines instead of the red lines</strong>".</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/file_attachments/post_cop21_analysis_final_181215.pdf" rel="nofollow"><em>Read Oxfam's full post COP21 analysis</em></a></strong></p> <p><em><strong>Oxfam's <a href="https://storify.com/Oxfam/oxfam-at-the-paris-un-climate-conference-cop21" rel="nofollow">Storify from the COP21 talks</a> and related climate marches around the world</strong></em></p> <p><em>COP21 is over but Oxfam will continue to work on climate change and to fight for the action needed to support the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world. <strong>Stay up to date with our work by joining us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GROWgarden" rel="nofollow">Facebook </a>and on <a href="http://twitter.com/oxfam" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a>.</strong></em></p> </div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>COP21: Three perspectives on the Paris climate deal</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/15-12-16-cop21-trois-points-de-vue-sur-l%E2%80%99accord-de-paris-sur-le-climat" title="COP21 : trois points de vue sur l’accord de Paris sur le climat" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/15-12-16-cop21-tres-perspectivas-sobre-el-acuerdo-sobre-el-clima-de-par%C3%ADs" title="COP21: Tres perspectivas sobre el acuerdo sobre el clima de París" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:36:12 +0000 Guest Blogger 31556 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-12-14-cop21-three-perspectives-paris-climate-deal#comments Inspiration from the streets: Young people are leading the fight for climate action http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/19-05-23-inspiration-streets-young-people-are-leading-fight-climate-action <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em><strong>Climate change is already devastating the lives of millions of people around the globe. It’s hitting the poorest people first and worst, with women bearing the brunt.&nbsp;<span>Yet governments are still slow and shy in their response to this global issue.&nbsp;</span><span>But recently, people, lead mostly by youth, have taken to the streets!</span></strong></em></p><p>Recent demonstrations were sparked by Greta Thunberg, a teenage girl from Sweden, and her courage has since caught the imagination of young people worldwide. It is a mighty demonstration of the power and creativity of young people.</p><p>It’s clear that in the fight against climate crisis and for a more equal world, we have lots of work to do.</p><p>And to keep motivated, there’s no better inspiration than the banners and placards of the generation that can and will make a huge difference. It was impossible to choose just 10. So, here’s 13 of our favorite Climate Strike banners:</p><ol><li><strong>A message from a pasta-lover in Italy that we can get on board with: “Less carbon, more carbonara”:</strong><br><img height="960" width="540" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="1" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/carbon_carbonara.jpg" alt="" /></li><li><strong>Over in Lille, France, protestors complained that “If the climate was a bank, it would have been saved already”:<img height="900" width="1200" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="2" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/si_le_climat_etait_une_banque_0.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li><li><strong>In Australia, protestors drew inspiration from Elvis Presley, updating his lyrics for 2019:<img height="1200" width="1143" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="3" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/a_little_less_convo_0.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li><li><strong>In Vanuatu, a small Pacific island nation already dealing with the impacts of climate change, students reminded us that “There is no planet B”:<img height="675" width="1199" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="4" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/vanuatu_0.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li><li><strong>Students in Delhi, India said that it wasn’t them who needed to go to school – it was adults:<img height="1200" width="900" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="5" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/adults_need_education_0.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li><li><strong>In Cape Town, South Africa, students made a beautiful array of banners and placards, including a reminder that “denial is not a policy”:<img height="900" width="1200" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="6" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/cape_town.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li><li><strong>Despite attempts to shut down their protest, Ugandan students went ahead with a strong and clear ask for climate action:<img height="1040" width="780" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="7" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/uganda.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li><li><strong>This student in Nepal only needed a small sign for her big message:<img height="640" width="960" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="8" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/nepal_-_we_have_to_wake_up_0.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li><li><strong>Divers in the Philippines took their message of support to the very depths of the ocean:<img height="778" width="1200" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="9" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/climate_philippines_divers.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li><li><strong>Schoolgirls in Bargny, Senegal said “No to inaction on climate!”:<img height="768" width="1024" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="10" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/senegal_-_non_a_linactoin_0.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li><li><strong>In the face of inaction and indifference to climate change, students in Jakarta, Indonesia came with a warning:<img height="675" width="1200" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="11" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/climate_indonesia-if_you_dont_act_like_adults.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li><li><strong>These schoolgirls in Birmingham, UK thought we could learn something from the previous inhabitants of the earth:<img height="890" width="1200" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="12" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/climate_dinosaurs.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li><li><strong>And finally, a reminder from Brussels, Belgium of why we were all in the streets in the first place: it’s time to do something:<img height="900" width="1200" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="13" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/running_out_of_slogans_2_0.jpg" alt="" /></strong></li></ol><p><em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em><br></em><strong>WHAT YOU CAN DO:&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://actions.oxfam.org/international/Amplifiers-Sign-Up/petition/" rel="nofollow">Sign up to our community of active supporters</a> to be the first to know of our next actions!</p><p><em>Sources: <a href="https://twitter.com/mashupofglow/status/1106527222377205760" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">1</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/DDKarmeliet/status/1106578507646275584" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/OxfamAustralia/status/1106363061655339008" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/Greenpeace/status/1106460963740487680" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">4</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/pujarini_sen/status/1106487106975625216" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">5</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/GlenTyler/status/1106499887665942530%20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">6</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/NamugerwaLeah/status/1100431176542629889" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">7</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NYCANepal/photos/ms.c.eJxllUtuBEEIQ28UUfy5~;8VGUZTFPG~_tagPGuJ~_9ap~;3fDvnIn~;ePxLR6V~_IX9sAqcJXPUHEHEgd37xrqd7f1SPLgETxje8BsVMeTuqxRPaRx4Y9B5nLisiTntOJOGd~;QX3qHvUJ~;QrV03uBLL~;KfNhO7gkSA57MEwSKZdkKM5EsdlhD5vMiTzbnamWGV7Oes2cncoEt5~_XJFCE9Q59YQ~;UY2fI4FfNH163RCZP04aTUEh9e0eEbwVpFZ47RvTP0~;AwVixXkcYNhuMF8qk9x0g1cQbpxO~;Z43SNOsOFc1~_CJcyp2stOVN827iKNXY0t6Xu7ikpk5xksx5xR73HsvebpVQ~_rzG1LoR9Lm6Mz0JY8ze1OSNrc1tZL3pTzLRAq5U2PSpgc7PGZ4bnOuaNZ6zoxyJnaazFXF654RRP6DPeRJ453eiH~;WRFXZzh~;zB2kbm0o~-.bps.a.10156271128382934/10156271142807934/?type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">8</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/350/status/1106414542622343168%20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/350Africa/status/1106522004356632576%20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenpeaceID/status/1106408787697491968%20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">11</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/edporteous/status/1106568273372557313%20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">12</a>, <a href="//twitter.com/MariaHennaG/status/1106559064262230016%20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">13</a>.</em><strong><br></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Inspiration from the streets: Young people are leading the fight for climate action</h2></div> Thu, 23 May 2019 08:58:10 +0000 Oxfam International 81941 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/19-05-23-inspiration-streets-young-people-are-leading-fight-climate-action#comments Philippines: Mothers of Marawi hopeful after months of fear http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/18-04-18-philippines-mothers-marawi-hopeful-after-months-fear <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Last year, residents of Marawi in the Philippines faced two major disasters: In May, they were uprooted by a violent siege and seven months later, they faced a deadly typhoon. Oxfam is supporting a consortium of local organizations who are helping families stay healthy and safe in the wake of these crises, rebuild their lives and prepare for future disasters.</p><h3>Mothers caught in conflict keeping their families safe</h3><p>It is difficult for a mother to see her children in any kind of pain. The mothers of Marawi City, Philippines however, have witnessed their children endure crisis, only to be hit by another while still reeling and away from home.</p><p>When single mother Nashima Potawan, 47, heard gunshots and bombings during the siege last spring, she immediately hurried each of her four children to different parts of their house. "<i>I brought one of my children to the bathroom. Then, I held the youngest. I brought the other one to the living room and the other in the bedroom. So if ever a bomb would come, there will be survivors. Not all of us would die,</i>” Nashima said.</p><p>In another part of the city, Bailo Bazar comforted her three children who were shaking in fear. She was struggling to stop the youngest from crying. “<i>My youngest child was crying, and my uncle said, ‘Stop him from crying. We must pretend that we are not at home so we should not be making noises.</i>” While the women were struggling to take care of everything and everyone, members of the Maute Group were asking men and boys to come out of their homes and join the fighting.</p><p>After a grueling day of waiting and hiding, both Nashima’s and Bailo’s families evacuated to Madalum, a nearby municipality, where many families stayed for months to stay safe.</p><h3>Natural disaster strikes</h3><p>As they approached their seventh month away from home, Typhoon Vinta struck just days before Christmas, leaving many casualties and millions worth of damage. Madalum, the newfound home of many families, including Nashima’s and Bailo’s, was one of the hardest hit, with landslides and flashfloods wiping out everything in its path.</p><p><img alt="This is an area where houses once stood. Typhoon Vinta caused landslides and flashfloods, completely wiping out everything in its path." title="This is an area where houses once stood. Typhoon Vinta caused landslides and flashfloods, completely wiping out everything in its path." height="526" width="936" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="1" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/pcc_philippines_flooded.png" /></p><p><em><span>This is an area where houses once stood. Typhoon Vinta caused landslides and flashfloods, completely wiping out everything in its path.</span></em></p><p>“<i>I saw rocks and high levels of floodwater which were taller than an average person. My son said, “Mother, I am afraid.’ And I said, ‘We should endure this, because the flood will soon subside. Let’s wait until we can get out of here,</i>” Nashima recalled.</p><p>Then they saw just how quickly the water was rising, and she decided to bring her children to the gymnasium, which was later designated as an evacuation center for the typhoon survivors.</p><p>“<i>If I did not decide to go to the evacuation center, the floodwater would have risen immensely. It would have killed us,</i>” Nashima said.</p><p>Bailo’s family, on the other hand, was trapped on the roof of their house as the waters rose rapidly. She honestly thought that this time, they would not survive. Fortunately, the water did not reach their roof, and a few hours later, rescuers came and brought them to a safe place.</p><h3>Climate change and poverty add to risks, but local leaders are there to respond</h3><p><span>Even before the disasters struck, Nashima and Bailo belonged to already vulnerable communities, living in one of the poorest provinces in the country. In fact, according to the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, seven out of ten families in province are poor and that number has been consistently rising. Without the resources to rebuild, Nashima and Bailo’s families were still living in the evacuation center one month after the storm, and eight months after the siege.</span></p><p>Along with this growing poverty, climate change is putting island nations like the Philippines at increasing risk of flooding and weather-related crises. This means that there is more need than ever for local and national organizations who can step up and provide vital leadership to respond and prepare for future disasters.</p><p>The Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) is a group of Filipino organizations that Oxfam helped found in 2010 to provide rapid, high-quality and dignified relief to disaster-affected communities.</p><p><img alt="The HRC is conducting a profiling of the affected communities. This will help the local government units create an accurate and updated database which will help in further relief assistance." title="The HRC is conducting a profiling of the affected communities. This will help the local government units create an accurate and updated database which will help in further relief assistance." height="2304" width="3456" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="2" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/pcc_philippines_hrc_marawi_story_-_hi-res_photo_2.jpg" /></p><p><em><span>The HRC is conducting a profiling of the affected communities. This will help the local government units create an accurate and updated database which will help in further relief assistance.</span></em></p><p>This past year, they supported families forced from their homes by conflict and natural disaster with access to safe water, latrines, shelter materials, communal kitchens, hygiene kits, and more. They also provided legal assistance to help people obtain IDs, which are crucial for safe travel and for accessing government benefits. Oxfam supported the HRC’s distribution of hygiene and kitchen essentials for more than 1,500 families, and emergency financial assistance to about 700 families.</p><p>At times of disaster,&nbsp;Humanitarian Response Consortium quickly assesses and responds to what communities need most in close coordination with government responders. They are helping local governments compile a complete and accurate database of the affected communities, so they can distribute further assistance for the typhoon survivors. This collaboration between organizations like Oxfam, these local organizations and government is key to provide the best possible resources and response for mothers like Nashima and Bailo, so they can rebuild their lives and feel better prepared to face future disasters as they arise.</p><p><em><em>This entry was posted on 18 April 2018.</em></em></p><p><b>See what <a href="https://philippines.oxfam.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oxfam In The Philippines</a> is doing</b></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Philippines: Mothers of Marawi hopeful after months of fear</h2></div> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:01:07 +0000 Guest Blogger 81481 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/18-04-18-philippines-mothers-marawi-hopeful-after-months-fear#comments El Niño and Climate change: All you need to know http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/16-02-02-el-nino-climate-change-all-you-need-know <div class="field field-name-body"><p>A super El Niño weather system is causing extreme weather in many parts of the world, including <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/ethiopia/four-simple-strategies-which-are-helping-ethiopian-farmers-adapt-climate-change" rel="nofollow"><strong>drought</strong></a> and flooding. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being hit hardest, leaving millions facing water shortages, hunger and disease this year. Here are some of the most common questions on the links between El Niño and climate change and how it is affecting millions of people around the world.</p> <h3>What is El Niño?</h3> <p>El Niño is a natural climate phenomenon that occurs every few years. It happens due to a heating up of the surface of the tropical Pacific Ocean that causes changes to ocean currents and wind patterns, which creates a release of heat into the atmosphere. These have a strong influence on global weather patterns. The current El Niño <a href="http://europe.newsweek.com/el-nino-coming-you-413483" rel="nofollow"><strong>will be over in early 2016</strong></a> but the effects will be felt long after.</p> <h3>How is El Niño linked to climate change?</h3> <p>Evidence suggests that the cause-effect relationship between El Niño and climate change is likely to be a reciprocal one: while climate change boosts the probability of a ‘super’ El Niño developing, El Niño, in turn, exacerbates climate change by releasing a large amount of heat from the Pacific Ocean. As the seas heat up due to climate change, the chances of a ‘super’ El Nino occurring are likely to double.</p> <h3>What are the effects of El Niño?</h3> <p>We estimate that this year, El Niño could leave tens of millions of people facing hunger, water shortages and disease. The effects of El Niño have been felt in much of Africa, and parts of Central America and the Caribbean, Asia and <a href="https://www.oxfam.org.nz/blogs/2015/12/18/super-charged-el-ni-o-brings-papua-new-guinea-s-worst-drought-20-years" rel="nofollow"><strong>the Pacific</strong></a>.  </p> <p>Millions of people are also at risk from flooding. Flooding has already devastated Paraguay and further floods are expected in South America in February-March.</p> <p><img alt="Staff from Oxfam and partner organizations distribute emergency kits in Womkama village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea. Photo: Rodney Dekker/OxfamAUS" title="Staff from Oxfam and partner organizations distribute emergency kits in Womkama village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea. Photo: Rodney Dekker/OxfamAUS" height="779" width="1240" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/81732lpr-papua-new-guinea-elnino-aid-1240x779.jpg" /></p> <h3>El Nino is (almost) over now – so what is the problem?</h3> <p>El Nino will finish around March, but the humanitarian impact will last much longer.</p> <p>In Southern Africa for example, unpredictable rainfall and dry spells is expected to reduce harvests across the region and by <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/reactions/urgent-action-needed-south-africa-faces-maize-drop-linked-super-el-nino" rel="nofollow"><strong>25% in South Africa</strong></a> alone.  Low harvests in 2016 will have impacts well into 2017.</p> <p>The humanitarian impact will last for many more months (precise dates depend on the growing season in the country).  And if a La Niña weather system follows this El Niño (experts say that there is a 40% chance), then the impact could continue for years.  </p> <h3>Will the climate deal achieved in Paris help to improve governments’ response to climate phenomena like El Niño?</h3> <p>The <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2015-12-12/agreed-climate-deal-offers-frayed-life-line-worlds-poorest-people" rel="nofollow"><strong>UN climate deal </strong></a>reached in Paris in December 2015, saw world leaders agree to scale up their financial commitments to <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2015-12-12/agreed-climate-deal-offers-frayed-life-line-worlds-poorest-people" rel="nofollow"><strong>support the most vulnerable people</strong></a> adapt to climate change – by 2020.</p> <p>However, more needs to be done now – urgent humanitarian response is required in some countries including the delivery of food aid, or financial support, ensuring people have access to clean water and sanitation and treating people who are suffering from malnutrition.</p> <p>In the long term, all governments will need to do more, and rich countries must take the lead in ending their use of fossil fuels to address the root causes of climate change.</p> <h3>What burden does climate change put on Oxfam’s work?</h3> <p>Year after year, Oxfam is seeing people impoverished by <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies" rel="nofollow"><strong>disasters from natural hazards</strong></a>, and families and communities forced to make the toughest decisions about the food they grow or buy.  </p> <p>That is why climate change is one of the cornerstones of our campaigning to fix the broken food system.</p> <h3>What you can do now</h3> <p><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/donate" rel="nofollow"><strong>Support Oxfam now</strong></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/take-action" rel="nofollow"><strong>Join the campaign to stop climate change making people hungry</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Interactive map: <a href="https://www.elninooxfam.org/" rel="nofollow">See how Oxfam is responding to climate change and El Niño around the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Read the blog: <a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/15-10-01-climate-change-hunger-el-nino-could-push-us-unchartered-waters">Climate change and hunger: El Niño could push us into unchartered waters</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Read the blog: <a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/16-01-15-experts-say-inaction-climate-change-top-global-risk-next-decade">Experts say inaction on climate change is top global risk for the next decade</a></strong></p> <p><em>This entry posted by Ana Zárraga, Oxfam Digital Campaigner (Food &amp; Climate Justice), on 2 February 2016.</em></p> <p><em>Photos: (Top) Oxfam is currently responding to the drought crisis in Ethiopia in three regions, Siti (Somali Region), Afar, and West Arsi (Oromia Region). We are planning to reach 777,000 people to make sure they have access to clean water, sanitation facilities and emergency food and livelihood support. We are providing clean water for the IDP (internally displaced people) centers. A water tank built in Hariso by Oxfam provides 10,000 cubic meters of clean water per day. Each household receives 30 liters per day. Credit: Abiy Getahun/Oxfam</em></p> <p><em>(Middle) Papua New Guinea is currently the country worst hit by El Nino in the Pacific. Here, staff from Oxfam and partner organizations distribute emergency kits in Womkama village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea. Following Oxfam assessments, individuals affected by the drought receive information on water conservation and hygiene before picking up non-food items, including a 20 liter jerry can and packets of soap. Credit: Rodney Dekker/Oxfam</em></p> <p><img alt="This year&#039;s &#039;super&#039; El Niño is having devastating effects around the world." title="This year&#039;s &#039;super&#039; El Niño is having devastating effects around the world." height="531" width="709" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/2-elnino-map-final_0.png" /></p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>El Niño and Climate change: All you need to know</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/16-02-25-el-nino-y-el-cambio-climatico-todo-lo-que-debes-saber" title="El Niño y el cambio climático: todo lo que debes saber" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/16-02-26-tout-savoir-sur-les-liens-entre-el-nino-et-le-changement-climatique" title="Tout savoir sur les liens entre El Niño et le changement climatique" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:37:35 +0000 Guest Blogger 36986 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/16-02-02-el-nino-climate-change-all-you-need-know#comments Danone's missed opportunity to be legen-DAIRY on climate http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-11-20-danones-missed-opportunity-be-legen-dairy-climate <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em>This piece was co-authored by Jean-Cyril Dagorn (Policy Advisor, Oxfam France) &amp; Ioan Nemes (Policy Advisor, Oxfam Novib)</em></p> <p>We are in the home stretch for the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris. And as microphones and screens are being tested, tables cleaned and chairs lined up in Le Bourget for the big meetings, French food giant Danone released <strong><a href="http://www.danone.com/uploads/tx_bidanonepublications/DP_DANONE_Climate-Policy_EN_091115.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">their new climate policy</a></strong>.  Sadly though, the new policy is disappointingly weak both in its commitment to mitigate greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions and  lack of investment in vulnerable farmers and communities to adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. </p> <p>As the biggest food company in the country that is hosting the historic climate talks, as a global business that has been a big contributor to climate change through its emissions from operations and supply chains, and as a business that is directly impacted by the impacts of climate change, Danone had a unique responsibility to act now, and to act boldly. Unfortunately, its recently released policy fails to do just that.</p> <p><strong>1.</strong> On <strong>mitigation</strong>, Danone’s target misses the mark on three critical fronts. While the company says it recognizes the imperatives of climate science, Danone doesn’t set science-based targets (or even come close), which are urgently needed from companies – especially global ones -  to keep temperatures from rising beyond 2 degrees Celsius, as the world’s carbon budget shrinks.  </p> <p><strong>2.</strong> It doesn’t include any clear and immediate commitments for tackling <strong><a href="http://www.ghgprotocol.org/files/ghgp/public/FAQ.pdf" rel="nofollow">Scope 3 agricultural emissions</a></strong> (upstream GHG emissions associated with the productions of raw materials such as milk and sugar) in its supply chain, despite the fact that they account for close to 60 percent of the company’s carbon footprint. </p> <p><strong>3.</strong> It continues to set <strong>intensity-based targets, rather than absolute targets</strong> – a glaring gap in the policy. In addition, Danone only commits to start reducing absolute emissions by 2025; which means the company could continue emitting more greenhouse gases until then. Unfortunately for all of us, the climate clock is ticking and action cannot wait for another 10 years.  </p> <p>The fact that their climate policy doesn’t measure up in such key areas, shows <strong>how far behind it is compared to its’ <a href="http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2015/10/decoding-the-commitments-three-ways-to-tell-if-behind-the-brands-companies-are-setting-meaningful-climate-mitigation-targets/" rel="nofollow">Behind the Brands</a> peers.</strong>  <strong><a href="http://blog.generalmills.com/2015/08/general-mills-makes-new-commitment-on-climate-change/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">General Mills</a></strong> - the maker of Yoplait yogurt – for example, has already adopted science-based targets to reduce emissions across its value chain, while Danone remains one of two food companies of the 10 largest with a mitigation target that is not absolute, not science-based, and does not include scope 3 agricultural emissions.  If Yoplait can do it, why can’t Danone?</p> <p><img alt="Danone legen-dairy fail" title="Danone legen-dairy fail" height="355" width="680" typeof="Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/danone_blog.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Danone’s new policy also does little to invest in the farmers in its supply chain to become more resilient in the face of climate change.</strong> Small-scale farmers in less developed countries are the most likely to be affected by the impacts of climate change. As temperatures rise and floods and droughts become more common, it is their livelihoods that are most at risk. Unfortunately, <strong>companies like Danone benefit from a highly unequal relationship with small scale farmers</strong> who produce the milk or grow the cocoa that ends up in their products. Instead of recognizing this crucial relationship and Danone's responsibility to ensure their suppliers, particularly small scale farmers, have the means to cope with climate change impacts, the company's resilience policy focuses on the sustainable diets of its consumers and providing extension services to farmers – but neither of these cut to the heart of the issue. </p> <p>What small-scale farmers need is a living income that enables them to bounce back when they are faced with economic or weather related shocks. This means, <strong>farmers should be offered fair deals, stable prices, the ability to organize, and access to tools and training that will enable them to adapt their agricultural practices to climate change.</strong>  All of which, the company is basically silent on.  The company presents the issue as a “dilemma” between “fair prices for farmers” and “more affordable products for consumers.” This is not a dilemma though – farmers need and deserve a fair share of the value they create. End of story.</p> <p>Another problem with Danone’s climate policy is that while it showcases boutique initiatives like carbon offset agriculture and forestry projects and the Livelihood Fund for Family Farming, launched in June this year, <strong>it doesn’t offer a vision of how it will transform its own business.</strong> For instance, Danone’s emission reduction plans which center around its zero net emissions approach means that the company could neutralize its carbon footprint by investing in carbon credits without making any real effort to reduce emissions within its own operations or value chain.  </p> <p>While it is good for companies to invest in initiatives like the Livelihoods Fund, they are and remain marginal approaches and don’t fundamentally transform the business practices of the company itself. Without fundamental changes in business practices, these initiatives run the risk of being tantamount to green-wash.  </p> <p>Finally, the policy says nothing about Danone’s role as the largest French food company in advocating for a strong climate deal ahead of the COP 21, especially since the world will gather on its doorstep for pivotal global climate negotiations in the coming weeks. </p> <p><strong>At this critical juncture, Oxfam is calling on Danone to come up with a policy before COP21 that shows the company’s commitment towards climate change by:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Setting targets to immediately reduce its emissions from operations as well as from its supply chain, in particular its emissions associated with agriculture.</li> <li>Enabling small-scale farmers to become truly resilient by earning a living income.</li> <li>Advocating for a strong deal in Paris. </li> </ul> <p>As the largest French food company – and one of the largest in the world – the unveiling of a climate policy that fails on so many fronts is unacceptable.  <strong>Danone’s climate policy has really missed an opportunity for the dairy giant.</strong> It could have shown leadership and raised the bar for other companies, while other companies have stepped up their commitment on climate change, Danone has emerged as a climate laggard. Danone says its yogurt makes you “smile from the inside,” but this new climate policy gives us nothing to smile about.</p> <p><em>This entry was posted by Jean-Cyril Dagorn (Policy Advisor, Oxfam France) &amp; Ioan Nemes (Policy Advisor, Oxfam Novib) on 20 November 2015.</em></p> <h3>How you can help</h3> <p><strong><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en" target="_blank">Join the movement</a>: Your favorite food brands care what you think!</strong></p> </p> </div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Danone&#039;s missed opportunity to be legen-DAIRY on climate</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/15-11-20-danone-ou-l%E2%80%99occasion-manqu%C3%A9e-d%E2%80%99entrer-dans-la-lait-gende-sur-le-climat" title="Danone ou l’occasion manquée d’entrer dans la LAIT-gende sur le climat" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:25:56 +0000 Guest Blogger 29863 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-11-20-danones-missed-opportunity-be-legen-dairy-climate#comments Collective voices critical to end hunger http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-10-19-collective-voices-critical-end-hunger <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em>As GROW Week came to a close, Dorah Ntunga from Oxfam in Uganda reflected on World Food Day as the pivotal moment for Africa’s Women.Food.Climate campaign.</em></p> <p>Last week, in the lead up to <a href="http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2015/10/the-hottest-campaign-in-africa-this-world-food-day"><strong>World Food Day</strong></a> (Oct 16), I witnessed the true definition of power to the people. Across Africa, over twenty countries came together with a common calling to create a space for women to tell their stories and ask their governments to act on issues that are important to them.</p> <p>As we are all experiencing, the impacts of climate change are evident on our plates. This is why the <a href="http://womenfoodclimate.org/"><strong>Women Food Climate campaign</strong></a> makes so much sense regardless of where one comes from. Hunger, as a result of extreme weather - and its causes - needs to be put in the spotlight.</p> <p>Speaking to Anne, a woman from Kampala’s suburban area on why she’s supporting the campaign, she did not hesitate to say, “I no longer have a choice over what I feed my family because the prices of food have become extremely high. My mother, back in the village, can no longer send me bags of food as she used to to support the family because the harvests have been so poor. I actually need to send her money for food. She also has the same cry, things have to change to enable my mother grow enough food, that way I will have food too. This is why I am signing this petition.”</p> <p>Like Anne and many other voices of women from different countries it is evident that women are indeed feeling the impacts of climate change the most, as they have the responsibility of feeding their families. Women farmers currently account for 45-80 per cent of all food production in developing countries.</p> <p><strong>Climate change affects development</strong> and it increases already high poverty levels. The strong statements the campaign has generated particularly inspire me. In Uganda, Oxfam Country Director Peter Kamalingin noted that, “If you do not have food, it is difficult to be active in democratic processes or development.”  - a sentiment that resonates with many and could not have been articulated any better at a time when Uganda is gearing up for the next general elections in March 2016.</p> <p>True to his statement, hunger leaves people even more vulnerable and in Uganda nowhere is more affected than the Karamoja region where rain patterns have been erratic for many decades. This situation is now being seen not only in Uganda, but also across many other parts of the African continent.</p> <p><strong>Climate change is already</strong> <a href="http://Africa’s Smallholders Adapting to Climate Change The need for national governments and international climate finance to support women producers"><strong>eroding food production in Africa</strong></a> and will continue to hit the continent hardest, increasing food insecurity where it is already amongst the worst in the world. This is the time to act, the time to build resilience and strengthen communities ability to guarantee a future where we can all enjoy our rights with no insecurities of any form.</p> <p>The climate change story needs to be told, and I strongly believe our efforts in the campaign so far have gone a long way in influencing the global agenda. At the World Food Day celebrations in Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni acknowledged Oxfam’s work on climate change in his public address. And at national level I have witnessed great collaboration with partners and communities at all levels.  </p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kwis5o-oHHs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>It is my hope that</strong> <strong><a href="http://womenfoodclimate.org/">thousands of people</a></strong> who have signed the petitions across Africa and the rest of the world demanding our leaders to act will be listened to and their voices will count at the table where they will not be present. Leaders, particularly those from Africa, should therefore be sensitive to the needs of the people and their support of women farmers and make concrete commitments that address the impacts of climate change.</p> <p>Just like the old saying, I think Women.Food.Climate is a true stitch in time – leaders must therefore demonstrate their true leadership and act now to save the continent from adverse impacts.</p> <p>If world leaders make strong commitments towards tackling climate change at the <a href="http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en"><strong>UN climate talks in Paris</strong></a> it will be a great step towards putting us on the road towards ending hunger, achieving food security and fighting poverty.</p> <p><strong>I do hope the collective voices will make a significant difference.</strong></p> <p><em>This entry posted by Dorah Ntunga, Information, Media &amp; Communications Officer, Oxfam in Uganda, on 19 October 2015.</em></p> <h3>What you can do</h3> <p><a href="http://womenfoodclimate.org/"><strong>Demand world leaders take action for Women.Food.Climate.</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Share our GROW Week 2015 Storify:</strong></p> <p> </p><div class="storify"> <iframe src="//storify.com/Oxfam/grow-week-2015/embed?header=false&amp;border=false&amp;template=slideshow" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/Oxfam/grow-week-2015.js?header=false&amp;border=false&amp;template=slideshow"></script><p></p><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/Oxfam/grow-week-2015" target="_blank">View the story "Climate Change. Poverty. Hunger. It's all the same fight." on Storify</a>]</noscript></div> </div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Collective voices critical to end hunger</h2></div> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 17:01:30 +0000 Dorah Ntunga 27958 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-10-19-collective-voices-critical-end-hunger#comments Women farmers challenge world leaders to change climate agenda http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-10-16-women-farmers-challenge-world-leaders-change-climate-agenda <div class="field field-name-body"><p>When 38-year-old Burtikan Dagnachew won the Female Food Hero Award in 2013, it was more than just recognition for the work she had done as a woman farmer: it was the impetus for even greater achievements. Dagnachew hails from the village of Gola Mechare in the Amhara region in Northern Ethiopia, which is considered to be one of the worst areas for agriculture due to recurring droughts. </p> <p>Oxfam launched the <strong><a href="http://www.oxfamblogs.org/eastafrica/?p=2393" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Female Food Hero Award in 2011</a></strong> as a contest to give African women farmers - often the unsung heroes in the production of food - recognition. It has, over the past four years, become a platform for a new breed of activist in the fight against climate change.</p> <p><strong>The Female Food Heroes Award</strong> has not only given women like Burtikan a voice but has also made them aware of the impact of climate change on their communities. Burtikan says: “Life has changed a lot for me since then. And, because of my experience and training, I am taking care of myself, my family and sharing my experiences in working for food security with my community.”</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfamblogs.org/eastafrica/?p=2393" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Since its introduction in Tanzania</a></strong>, the annual <strong><a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-07-24-female-food-heroes-2012-competition-launches-tanzania">Female Food Heroes competition</a></strong> now takes place in many countries around the world and showcases the significant role that women play in sustainable food security. Oxfam America’s Seble Teweldbirhan says: “We call Birtukan a hero because of her resilience in that area by building a water shade and being open-minded about using new mechanisms and technologies to help her adapt climate change.“Burtikan, who is also an ardent tree-planter, is famous in her village for speaking out about protecting the environment and working to reverse the damage,” she adds.</p> <p>According to a <strong><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/research/africas-smallholders-adapting-climate-change" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">recent publication by Oxfam</a></strong> , <strong>climate change is already eroding food production in Africa</strong> and will continue to hit the continent hardest, increasing food insecurity where it is already amongst the worst in the world. </p> <p>Joining their voices with others across the continent as part of the <strong><a href="http://womenfoodclimate.org/" rel="nofollow">Women Food Climate</a></strong> campaign activities, Female Food Heroes are calling for support for women smallholder producers, who are on the front lines in facing climate change impacts. This week Burtikan participated in the <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/femalefoodheroes" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">“We Feed the Planet”</a></strong> event as part of the Expo Milano 2015, whilst in Nigeria the season finale of the competition was held  on the International Day of Rural Women on October 15th, and was presided over by Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari’ who was also named the Ambassador of the Ogbonge Women.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://ffhnigeria.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">In Nigeria</a></strong> the annual competition has been running since 2012, attracting close to 4000 entrants in 2015 alone. Monica Maigari from Madakiya, Kaduna state, who was the 2014 runner-up, used her prize money to acquire land in her community: “Now that I own a piece of land, young people in my community will have more work to do and more money in their pocket”. </p> <p>Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy more famous for its oil industry, is home to more than 170 million people. Agriculture is a vital part of the economy, comprising more about 22% of all economic activity and more importantly, providing 70% of all employment. This year Nigeria has allocated only 0.89 percent of its national budget to agriculture.</p> <p>Oxfam’s Country Director in Nigeria, Jan Rogge says that “Women provide most of the labour in the sector, but get little recognition and little support, something that these awards are working to change”.</p> <p>The local brand name, Ogbonge women, means ‘resilient and who is someone strong’ says Abdulazeez Musa of Oxfam, a quality which deserves celebrating, but also needs to be supported. ‘Women are living with the reality of climate change. They may not name it as climate change but the rains are not coming as usual and the patterns are different and this is their reality they live with in Nigeria’ says Musa.</p> <p>While the past two years have been a steep learning curve for Burtikan, she remains committed: “The lesson is that we have to keep working hard, adopting new and modern mechanisms in our farming, learn to adapt and cope with climate change, and help each other at the village level to do better.” As with previous life changing trips to the States, Burtikan has used the trip to Italy for the Expo Milano, the largest-ever event organized on food and nutrition, to learn from this global showcase of new agriculture technologies.</p> <p>But Burtikan believes that political will is also important: “We actually need the political will, and better policy and implementation mechanisms at a higher level, so that our lives can improve.” In Ethiopia, the majority of climate change related actions are domestically funded through an estimated $440m every year – accounting for 14.5 percent of the national budget. This amount for one year is more than Ethiopia has received in total from international climate finance.</p> <p>As world leaders prepare for the <strong><a href="http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Conference of the Parties (COP 21)</a></strong> in Paris in December to hammer out a climate deal, Female Food Heroes and others from across the continent are <a href="https://act.oxfam.org/international/women-food-climate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>asking those representing Africa to take a bold stance</strong>. </a>They are hoping the Paris Agreement will deliver an increase in funding for African countries to adapt and that those funds will prioritize women farmers’ needs.</p> <p><em>This entry posted by Crystal Orderson, a South African journalist, on 16 October 2015.</em></p> <h3>Read more</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/15-10-12-raising-rural-womens-voices-road-paris" target="_blank">Raising rural women’s voices on the Road to Paris</a></strong></p> <h3>What you can do</h3> <p><a href="https://act.oxfam.org/international/women-food-climate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Take action on climate change: join African people's petition</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> <p><strong>For the latest on World Food Day, and how women around the world are fighting climate change, fllow our <a href="https://storify.com/Oxfam/grow-week-2015" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">GROW WEEK Storify</a> </strong></p> <p> </p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Women farmers challenge world leaders to change climate agenda</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/15-10-16-les-agricultrices-interpellent-les-chefs-d%E2%80%99%C3%A9tat-et-de-gouvernement-sur-le-climat" title="Les agricultrices interpellent les chefs d’État et de gouvernement sur le climat" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/15-10-16-agricultoras-africanas-instan-los-lideres-mundiales-acordar-una-agenda-contra-cambio-climatico" title="Agricultoras africanas instan a los líderes mundiales a acordar una agenda contra el cambio climático" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 08:36:56 +0000 Guest Blogger 27919 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-10-16-women-farmers-challenge-world-leaders-change-climate-agenda#comments Journey to Ambrym: Oxfam aid delivery in Vanuatu http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-04-02-journey-ambrym-oxfam-aid-delivery-vanuatu <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em>This entry posted by Amy Christian, Oxfam Communications Coordinator in Vanuatu, 2 April 2015.</em></p> <p><em>In the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, Oxfam distributed hygiene kits to the most affected families in the east of Ambrym Island, one of the islands in Vanuatu, and also to carried out an assessment of people’s needs since the cyclone hit. Amy Christian, Oxfam Communications Coordinator in Vanuatu, describes the people's reaction.</em></p> <p>The people started running down the hill to greet us. “We heard you were coming on the radio this morning,” they told us, their excitement and relief palpable. “You’re the first people to come here since the cyclone.”</p> <p>It was on Monday 23 March when the first Vanuatu ferry loaded its cargo of much-needed aid for some of the northern and most remote islands of Vanuatu. Oxfam had 400 hygiene kits on board ready to give to the worst affected communities on Ambrym Island.</p> <p>It was 6pm and the sun had set as we boarded the ferry and started our journey. We were due to arrive at Ambrym Island at 6am on Tuesday, approximately 12 hours later. We didn’t know it then but the journey would in fact take us over 30 long hours. We watched the sun set, rise, and set once again from the deck of the ferry, counting the hours and revising plans as we travelled slowly along.</p> <p><img alt="Vanuatu sunset. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam" title="Vanuatu sunset. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam" height="533" width="800" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/79174scr-vanuatu-sunset.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>As we neared Ambrym Island </strong>in the early hours of Wednesday morning, we watched the live volcanoes light up the dark skies, the smoke and ash mingling with the night clouds. Not long after, the ferry anchored at sea and we unloaded our cargo onto a small barge boat that took us to the shore, towards a gathering of local fishermen who had come to help.</p> <p>After a quick sleep, we set off from Craig’s Cove in west Ambrym in four speedboats loaded with Oxfam’s hygiene kits. It took us another two hours to reach the east side of the island and the community of Utas, who we knew had been badly affected by Cyclone Pam almost a week before.</p> <p>In the daylight we could see Ambrym Island in all its beauty: rich black volcanic earth and sand, crystal clear waters, and thousands of acres of lush green trees, now broken, bare and torn apart.</p> <p><img alt="Homes destroyed by Cyclone Pam. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam" title="Homes destroyed by Cyclone Pam. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam" height="533" width="800" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/79161scr-destroyed-homes.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>We didn’t know what to expect</strong> when we reached Utas. Our visit was to distribute hygiene kits to the most affected families in the east but also to carry out a much-needed assessment of people’s needs since the cyclone hit.</p> <p>As the boats came round the east point of the island, we could see people walking along the beach and others snorkeling for fish in the shallow water. When they spotted us, the people started running towards us and shaking our hands, thanking us for coming.  </p> <p>It’s hard to describe how that moment felt — everyone greeted us with such relief and hope. They knew that we had come there to help them. The atmosphere was electric.</p> <p>Utas sits on a cliff edge, up a steep and precarious hill. As we came to the top of the climb, the first thing we saw was flattened and damaged homes everywhere. It was instantly clear that this community had been hit very hard by Cyclone Pam.</p> <p><strong>It took no time at all </strong>to unload the hygiene kits. The community made a line down the steep hill and passed them out one-by-one until they were all at the top.</p> <p>I met Jenny who took me for a walk around the village and to see her home. “We have never seen a cyclone like this one,” she told me. “There was one a long time ago but it wasn’t as bad as this one.</p> <p>“All of our houses have blown down. We are sleeping in the church now. You can see my house has been flattened by the cyclone. Our wells are contaminated now so we can’t drink that water. We saved some in a tank, which is okay, but by next week, it will run out. Our crops were ruined and you can see the fruit, like bananas, was blown down and now it’s rotting in this heat.”</p> <p>Jenny showed me her home which now had no walls or roof. She was sleeping in a small tent inside what was left of the house she once had. She told me it had been a tough week and she was worrying about a lot of things. “We haven’t seen anyone for a week, since the night of the cyclone. You are the first ones to come here. We are so happy you came; we have been waiting for help.”</p> <p><img alt="Oxfam hygiene kit delivery, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam" title="Oxfam hygiene kit delivery, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam" height="533" width="800" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/79147scr-hygiene-kit-distribution.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Back at the community hall</strong>, plans were being made with the local chiefs of east Ambrym to distribute the hygiene kits to the most affected families. They told a very similar story to Jenny — homes were badly damaged, and water tanks and gardens too, meaning people’s water supply was contaminated and they had very little food to eat.</p> <p>Later I met Leanne. Originally from Ambrym Island, she had moved to Port Vila with her parents but had recently returned to teach primary school. She recounted the hours leading up to the cyclone and told me how scared she had been when the storm finally arrived.</p> <p>“We heard the cyclone was coming on Wednesday. We closed the school and sent the children back to their houses. Everybody started packing everything up and moved to the church with as much as we could carry. We live in traditional housing here and they can’t withstand a cyclone.</p> <p>“We were waiting in the church but nothing happened … It wasn’t until Friday that it started raining hard. The trees started blowing and all the village went to the church. At 2pm it started.</p> <p>“It was very scary; we could hear things flying around. At 6pm, we were in the church and we could hear the house next door to us fall down. The wind was very, very strong. We could hear things breaking but we couldn’t see anything because we’d blocked all of the windows.</p> <p><strong>“Everyone was very scared</strong> because the church was the last place we could go; there were no more houses to run to. If the church roof came off, that would be it.</p> <p>“On Thursday night, just before the hurricane started, a baby was born in the clinic. During the cyclone, the roof blew off the clinic and the baby and her mother were inside. We could hear the woman screaming.</p> <p>“Some of the men left the church and went to the clinic to help her. They fetched her and brought her to the church. We could hear people outside — they were banging on the door and when we opened it, they bought in the new baby.</p> <p>“Just after that, the back of the church came off and then five of the iron roofing sheets came flying off too. It was terrifying. I was very scared. I started crying. I couldn’t imagine being in such a situation.</p> <p>“After that, we could hear all of the houses blowing away and all the ladies were crying. We were worried about where we were going to sleep after it all stopped.</p> <p>“The water was rushing in through the door. I was very scared. I just kept imagining what would happen to us if it lasted all night.</p> <p>“The men made long ropes with towels and sheets, and tied them to the roof panels. When the wind blew hard, they all pulled down to keep the roof on. We didn’t sleep that night.</p> <p>“The wind started to go down at about four or five in the morning. It was still blowing but not that strong, and it was still raining but people came outside anyway. They wanted to see what had happened to their homes.</p> <p>“When people saw their homes that morning they started to cry. People don’t know what they’re going to do.”</p> <p><strong>As Leanne told me her story</strong>, some of the other women gathered round and murmured sounds of agreement. It was clear that Cyclone Pam had really shaken the families living in Utas.</p> <p>Leanne went on to tell me how worried she was about the next few months and how the community would cope in the aftermath of the cyclone. “What people need is water and medical help. In not too long, we will have children with diarrhoea because of the unsafe drinking water.</p> <p>“There are 83 people in this village who depend on their gardens. Now their gardens are destroyed. It won’t be long until there’s a problem.</p> <p>“In one or two months, the gardens will start to look good again but it will take three months before we can harvest anything. What are we going to eat while we wait?”</p> <p><img alt="Peter and Martin Mantes build a new kitchen, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam" title="Peter and Martin Mantes build a new kitchen, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam" height="534" width="800" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/79122scr-rebuilding-kitchen.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>As we left Ambrym the next morning</strong>, I waved goodbye to Leanne, Jenny and all the other families who had welcomed us into their village the day before. We left knowing that our Oxfam colleagues would be back very soon to help them through the next few months as they begin to rebuild the homes, gardens and lives Cyclone Pam had done its best to destroy.</p> <p>Although people had lost so much in Utas, the feeling in the community was one of hope. Everywhere we saw homes being rebuilt, damaged trees and bits of houses being swept up and cleared away. I have no doubt that when I return to Ambrym one day that the people will have built back their lives stronger than before.</p> <p><em>Cyclone Pam has affected two-thirds of Vanuatu's population and 75,000 are in need of emergency shelter. 110,000 people are in need of clean water as drinking water has been contaminated. Oxfam is currently providing coordination and advisory support through our role coordinating the Vanuatu Humanitarian Team. Our goal is to reach people as quickly as possible with emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation and to continue to support them to regain their livelihoods over the longer term.</em></p> <p><em>This entry posted by Amy Christian, Oxfam Communications Coordinator in Vanuatu, 2 April 2015.</em></p> <p><em>All photos: Amy Christian/Oxfam.</em></p> <ul><li><em>Header photo: Oxfam delivers hygiene kits, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu.</em></li> <li><em>Photo 2: Paama island at sunset</em></li> <li><em>Photo 3: Oxfam hygiene kit delivery, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu.</em></li> <li><em>Photo 4: Peter and Martin Mantes build a new kitchen, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam</em></li> </ul><h3>What you can do now</h3> <p><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/cyclone-pam" rel="nofollow"><strong>Support Oxfam's humanitarian response to Cyclone Pam</strong></a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Journey to Ambrym: Oxfam aid delivery in Vanuatu</h2></div> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:28:09 +0000 Guest Blogger 26096 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-04-02-journey-ambrym-oxfam-aid-delivery-vanuatu#comments Over 675,000 of us made history by marching for change http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-09-27-over-675000-us-made-history-marching-change <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Since the<strong> <a href="http://unfccc.int/meetings/copenhagen_dec_2009/meeting/6295.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Copenhagen climate summit in 2009</a></strong>, climate-related disasters have:</p> <ul><li>cost the world almost half a trillion dollars</li> <li>affected than 650 million people</li> <li>caused 112,000 lives to be lost</li> </ul><p>Right now climate change is making life for millions of people around the world and the fight against hunger much harder. What’s being done about this? On September 21st, just two days before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gathered world leaders to discuss climate change for the first time since Copenhagen, <strong><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/sets/72157648011110482/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">well over half a million people in 161 countries took to the streets</a> to demand more ambitious action from businesses and governments to tackle climate change. </strong> In New York, where Ban Ki-Moon’s meeting was taking place, we saw <strong><a href="http://peoplesclimate.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the biggest ever climate related mobilisation</a></strong> as an incredible 400,000+ people marched through the streets of the city calling for change. All over the planet people joined in the action at more than 2800 events in Brazil, Canada, France, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand,  South Africa, the United Kingdom and many, many more countries. The people have spoken and it’s time for leaders to listen up.</p> <p>People around the world are clearly calling for action on the impacts of climate change but shockingly political leaders are still not stepping up. </p> <p>French <strong><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/23/france-promise-climate-change-summit" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">President François Hollande pledged $1bn for the Green Climate Fund</a></strong> (a key tool in fighting climate change), with just over $300m more from a range of countries including Denmark, Norway and Luxembourg, South Korea and Mexico. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso reiterated the EU engagement to dedicate 20% of the 2014-2020 EU budget for external action on climate action but he noticeably made no commitment on the GCF. Equally silent on this front were the leaders of the UK, US, Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.</p> <p>There were progressive commitments from Chile, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Malaysia Mexico,  and the inspiring examples of Costa Rican and Tuvalu who will be 100% powered by clean energy by 2016 and 2020 respectively. While Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli restated China’s plan to cut carbon emissions by 40-45% of what they were in 2005 in the next six years, and promised to name a date soon by when Chinese emissions would peak and start to fall. </p> <p>So while there were some positive signals sent, especially from developing country governments, overall these outcomes really served as a reminder that <strong>we have a long way to go if we are serious about taking on — and winning — the fight against climate change</strong> and ultimately ensuring everyone has enough to eat. Even though we didn’t see enough from the politicians present, we did witness the awe-inspiring sight of over 675,000 passionate people showing how much they care about the future of our planet and the people on it. As part of this mass movement, we’re not just going to go away quietly now that the summit is over and the participants are back to their day jobs.</p> <p>Meanwhile the business sector offered mixed messages. Large scale trader Cargill announced that it would apply its forest-friendly palm oil policy across all commodities. Nestle joined <strong><a href="http://caringforclimate.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Caring for Climate</a></strong>, the world's largest coalition on climate issues. Six of the 10 largest Food and Beverage companies: Unilever, Kellogg, Nestle, Danone, General Mills and Mondelez are all signatories to the <strong><a href="http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/09/FORESTS-New-York-Declaration-on-Forests.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">New York Declaration on Deforestation</a></strong>. And thanks to Oxfam supporters <a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/campaign-news/today-kellogg-stepped-up-to-tackle-climate-change" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>General Mills and Kellogg committed to reducing emissions throughout their supply chains</strong></a>. Much of industry, including fossil fuel companies, remained conspicuously silent though.</p> <p>Another milestone in the fight against climate change is fast approaching. In early October we will release our next scorecard update for the <strong><a href="http://behindthebrands.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Behind the Brands</a></strong> campaign, which rates the top food and drinks companies on a number of key indicators. This is done by a rigorous review of companies’ policies, public statements and commitments covering areas such as farmers, women, transparency, land, water and climate change. The companies featured on the scorecard are clearly recognising now that people powered campaigning is making a difference. "Kellogg is proud to contribute to substantial and scalable solutions that address the impact of climate change on food security and global nutrition," said Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company.  The actions of hundreds of thousands of people like you have forced food and drink companies to address vulnerabilities in their supply chains and improve their policies on people and planet. Then later this year, the formal pledging conference for the Green Climate Fund will take place, shortly before world leaders will be coming together again in Peru for the annual UN ‘<strong><a href="http://www.cop20.pe/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Conference of the Parties</a></strong>’ (COP) to reignite conversations about securing a global deal on climate change. These negotiations will need to make progress on a new global agreement that is both adequate (in line with what is required to keep global warming below 2°C) and fair (in sharing the responsibility for emission reductions and finance).  <strong>All around the world the appetite for real action on climate change couldn’t be clearer</strong>, it’s on us all now to keep putting pressure on political and business leaders to act.  </p> <p>“The alarm bells keep ringing, our citizens keep marching. We can’t pretend we don’t hear them, we must answer their call.” Barack Obama, UN Climate Summit, September 23, 2014.</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Over 675,000 of us made history by marching for change</h2></div> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 07:27:23 +0000 Sarah Watson 19536 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-09-27-over-675000-us-made-history-marching-change#comments People's Climate March around the world: Pictures from the biggest climate mobilisation ever http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-09-26-peoples-climate-march-around-world-pictures-biggest-climate-mobilisation-ever <div class="field field-name-body"><p>On Sunday the 21st of September 2014, just days before world leaders gathered for a UN summit on climate change, people around the world came together for the biggest ever mobilisation on climate. More than 675,000 people at over 2800 events in 160 countries took to the streets to call for action on climate change and Oxfam supporters played a huge part.  Climate change is already making people hungry but you can keep the momentum from the Climate Marches going: join us as we demand action from governments and big business to <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/action/stop-climate-change-making-people-hungry" rel="nofollow"><strong>stop climate change making people hungry</strong></a>.</p> <p>Here are some of the best pictures from what we got up to around the world:</p> <h3>Auckland, New Zealand</h3> <p><img alt="In Auckland, New Zealand people braved the rain to call for change (Photo Credit: Oxfam NZ) " title="In Auckland, New Zealand people braved the rain to call for change (Photo Credit: Oxfam NZ) " height="394" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/auckland.jpg" /></p> <p>In Auckland, New Zealand people braved the rain to call for change. (Photo: Oxfam NZ) </p> <h3>Beijing, China</h3> <p><img alt="Oxfam at Beijing Temple of Heaven" title="Oxfam at Beijing Temple of Heaven" height="467" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/beijing.jpg" /></p> <p>Oxfam staff members in China, at Beijing Temple of Heaven. (Photo: Oxfam Hong Kong)</p> <h3>Brussels, Belgium</h3> <p><img alt="A clear message from Belgium - Climate March in Brussels (Photo Credit: Oxfam Solidarité - Solidariteit) " title="A clear message from Belgium - Climate March in Brussels (Photo Credit: Oxfam Solidarité - Solidariteit) " height="525" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/belgium.jpg" /></p> <p>A clear message from Belgium (Photo: Oxfam Solidarité - Solidariteit) </p> <h3>Dar es Saalam, Tanzania</h3> <p><img alt="Eluka and Student Marchers walking down street for climate, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania" title="Eluka and Student Marchers walking down street for climate, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania" height="440" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/tanzania.jpg" /></p> <p>Eluka and Student Marchers, gathered for the People's Climate March organised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Photo: Oxfam)</p> <h3>Dublin, Ireland</h3> <p><img alt="In Dublin, Irish people turned up for a People’s Climate Picnic - Sun Sept 21 (Photo Credit: Oxfam Ireland)" title="In Dublin, Irish people turned up for a People’s Climate Picnic - Sun Sept 21 (Photo Credit: Oxfam Ireland)" height="519" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/dublin2.jpg" /></p> <p>In Dublin, Ireland people turned up for a People’s Climate Picnic - Sun Sept 21 (Photo: Oxfam Ireland)</p> <h3>London, UK</h3> <p><img alt="In London, 40,000 people marched on Westminster, the home of the British Parliament." title="In London, 40,000 people marched on Westminster, the home of the British Parliament." height="525" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/london.jpg" /></p> <p>In London, 40,000 people marched on Westminster, the home of the British Parliament.</p> <h3>Melbourne, Australia</h3> <p><img alt="In Melbourne, Australia 30,000 people joined the Climate March (Photo Credit: Oxfam Australia)" title="In Melbourne, Australia 30,000 people joined the Climate March (Photo Credit: Oxfam Australia)" height="394" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/melbourne.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="People&#039;s Climate March in Melbourne, Australia" title="People&#039;s Climate March in Melbourne, Australia" height="466" width="700" style="line-height: 1.538em;" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/melbourne2.jpg" /></p> <p>In Melbourne, 30,000 people joined the Climate March. (Photo: Oxfam Australia)</p> <h3>New York, USA</h3> <p><img alt="Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director of Oxfam International, at the People&#039;s Climate March in New York with other supporters. Credit: Oxfam" title="Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director of Oxfam International, at the People&#039;s Climate March in New York with other supporters. Credit: Oxfam" height="466" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/winnie-et-al.jpg" /></p> <p>Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director of Oxfam International, at the People's Climate March in New York with Angelique Kidjo, Amina J. Mohammed and thousands of supporters.(Photo: Kate Bryant/Oxfam)</p> <p><img alt="Angélique Kidjo, Mary Robinson, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Barbara Hendricks, Gro Harlem Brundtland and other supporters at the People&#039;s Climate March in New York, on Sept. 21, 2014. Credit: Kate Bryant/Oxfam" title="Angélique Kidjo, Mary Robinson, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Barbara Hendricks, Gro Harlem Brundtland and other supporters at the People&#039;s Climate March in New York, on Sept. 21, 2014. Credit: Kate Bryant/Oxfam" height="466" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/angelique-et-al.jpg" /></p> <p>Angélique Kidjo, Mary Robinson, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Barbara Hendricks, Gro Harlem Brundtland and other supporters at the People's Climate March in New York, on Sept. 21, 2014. (Photo: Kate Bryant/Oxfam)</p> <p><img alt="400,000+ on the streets of New York, USA, for the People&#039;s Climate March, on September 21, 2014 (photo credit Avaaz)" title="400,000+ on the streets of New York, USA, for the People&#039;s Climate March, on September 21, 2014 (photo credit Avaaz)" height="933" width="700" style="height: 70%; width: 70%;" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/nyc-march1.jpg" /></p> <p>More than 400,000 were on the streets of New York for the People's Climate March. (Photo: Avaaz)</p> <p><img alt="The fantastic Oxfam Action Corps NYC volunteers lined up at the banner in New York making their voices heard (Kate Bryant/Oxfam)" title="The fantastic Oxfam Action Corps NYC volunteers lined up at the banner in New York making their voices heard (Kate Bryant/Oxfam)" height="525" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/ny-banner.jpg" /></p> <p>The fantastic Oxfam Action Corps NYC volunteers lined up at the banner in New York making their voices heard (Photo: Adeline Guerra/Oxfam)</p> <p><img alt="Make some noise! At 1 pm Oxfam marchers get ready to shout out for climate action, at the People&#039;s Climate March in New York (photo credit: Oxfam)" title="Make some noise! At 1 pm Oxfam marchers get ready to shout out for climate action, at the People&#039;s Climate March in New York (photo credit: Oxfam)" height="525" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/ny-banner2.jpg" /></p> <p>Make some noise! At 1 pm, Oxfam marchers get ready to shout out for climate action, at the People's Climate March in New York. (Photo: Oxfam)</p> <p><img alt="People&#039;s Climate March in New York" title="People&#039;s Climate March in New York" height="438" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/ny-banner3.jpg" /></p> <p>A call for Food and Climate Justice, by Oxfam supporters. (Photo: Oxfam Action Corps, NYC)</p> <p><img alt="Peru Delegation to the People&#039;s Climate March in NYC" title="Peru Delegation to the People&#039;s Climate March in NYC" height="467" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/peru-delegation.jpg" /></p> <p>A delegation from Peru to the People's Climate March in New York.</p> <h3>Paris, France</h3> <p><img alt="The Climate March in Paris, France stretched for 1.5 km (Photo Credit: KarlMathiesen)" title="The Climate March in Paris, France stretched for 1.5 km (Photo Credit: KarlMathiesen)" height="464" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/paris.jpg" /></p> <p>The Climate March in Paris, France stretched for 1.5 km (Photo: Karl Mathiesen)</p> <p><img alt="Oxfam France supporters joined the Climate March in Paris. Sept 21. Credit Oxfam" title="Oxfam France supporters joined the Climate March in Paris. Sept 21. Credit Oxfam" height="525" width="700" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/paris2.jpg" /></p> <p>Oxfam France supporters joined the Climate March in Paris. (Photo: Oxfam)</p> <h3>Keep the momentum going!</h3> <p>And here (in New York again) is what it’s all about: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/action/stop-climate-change-making-people-hungry" rel="nofollow"><strong>we’re all fighting to tackle climate change, protect the food we love and end hunger</strong></a>. </p> <p><img alt="A supporter at People&#039;s Climate March in New York " title="A supporter at People&#039;s Climate March in New York " height="933" width="700" style="height: 70%; width: 70%;" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/ny-selfie.jpg" /></p> <p>(Photo: Kate Bryant/Oxfam)</p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><a href="/en/blogs/14-09-19-turning-heat-climate-action-no-time-delay" rel="nofollow"><strong>Turning up the heat on Climate action – no time for delay</strong></a>, by Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International</p> <p><a href="https://storify.com/Oxfam/oxfam-at-the-peoplesclimate-march" rel="nofollow"><strong>More photos, tweets, video from Oxfam around the world at the 2014 UN Climate March</strong></a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>People&#039;s Climate March around the world: Pictures from the biggest climate mobilisation ever</h2></div> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:06:13 +0000 Sarah Watson 19513 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-09-26-peoples-climate-march-around-world-pictures-biggest-climate-mobilisation-ever#comments