Oxfam International Blogs - climate deal http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/tags/climate-deal en Winners and losers in the Durban climate deal http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-12-13-winners-and-losers-durban-climate-deal <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>In the early hours of Sunday morning, governments meeting at the UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, set a path towards a new legally binding agreement for all countries to cut emissions.</strong> But the deal struck does little to meet the needs of poor people fighting climate change right now, and risks blurring important distinctions between the responsibilities to act of developed and developing countries.</p> <h3>The Durban Platform</h3> <p>In a significant political breakthrough, governments in Durban turned the page decisively away from voluntary pledges of action, and towards legal commitments. The <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/pressroom/pressrelease/2011-12-11/durban-platform-leaves-world-sleepwalking-towards-four-degrees-war" rel="nofollow"><strong>Kyoto Protocol</strong> </a>will continue as the foundation of global efforts to fight climate change, albeit without Japan, Russia and Canada, and negotiations will be launched to conclude in a wider legal agreement for all countries by 2015, to enter into force from 2020.</p> <p>But we need to act much sooner than that. Global emissions <a href="http://www.wri.org/publication/content/8601" rel="nofollow"><strong>continue to rise</strong></a> at record speed, and the science of climate change tells us we must bring them to a peak within the next five years to have a chance at avoiding catastrophic levels of warming, and the droughts and floods that will be unleashed. The provisions in the Durban deal for action on emissions within this time period are vague. The risk of a ten-year timeout in doing more than what was pledged two years ago in Copenhagen is far too high.</p> <p>Many developing countries are concerned that the terms of that new agreement will see new pressure on them to act in the same vein as developed countries. The impassioned appeals of India and others to keep fairness at the heart of the new regime are not reflected in the text of the final agreement, which makes no distinction between the fair shares of the effort needed by large and small historic and per capita polluters, or between the richest countries and those where millions of people still live in poverty and hunger.</p> <h3>Legal progress at the expense of action</h3> <p>The progress in Durban on the legal form of a future agreement came at the expense of the ambition of action in the near-term and equity in the long-term. </p> <p>Meanwhile, poor people on the front lines of a changing climate got little in the deal to help them here and now. Further decisions helped define the shape of the Green Climate Fund, which will channel resources for climate action to developing countries, but no progress was made in identifying the sources of finance to fill it. The news of a future legally binding agreement for all countries will be of little comfort to the rural women who marched outside the conference centre in Durban. They and their communities need support now to adapt to the impacts of changing seasons and rising temperatures on their crops, not promises of future action.</p> <h3>The winners and losers</h3> <p>So who were the winners and losers in this deal? The European Union (EU) prioritized an agreement from all major emitters to take on legally binding commitments, stood their ground and won. Climate diplomacy continues to be the best reflection of the EU’s influence in global affairs.</p> <p>Countries that are highly vulnerable to the changing climate, including the island states and the <a href="http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/least_developed_countries.htm" rel="nofollow"><strong>Least Developed Countries</strong></a>, had to settle for the bare minimum in terms of much greater and more urgent action on emissions in the years before the new agreement takes shape.</p> <p>China and particularly India came under real fire for their caution in taking on legally binding future commitments, but despite their protestations, were unable to ensure the different responsibilities of rich and poor countries was reflected in the final deal.</p> <p>Africa secured their priority to ensure the Kyoto Protocol did not die on African soil, but were unable to force decisions on the sources of long-term finance they and others urgently need.</p> <p>But the real winners perhaps were the US. Despite arriving in Durban with nothing to put on the table beyond what had been pledged two years ago in <a href="http://unfccc.int/meetings/copenhagen_dec_2009/meeting/6295.php" rel="nofollow"><strong>Copenhagen</strong></a>, the US secured all their key objectives. They kept the prospect of stronger action on emissions in the next years as low as possible, and ensured no new deeper targets would take effect before 2020. They kept any decisions on new sources of climate finance for developing countries off the table, and they insisted that a future agreement treat developed and developing countries with parity.</p> <p>In the final tense hours, the EU may have had an opportunity to strike a deal with India and China on a future legal agreement based on the fair shares of developed and developing countries, which would have piled the pressure on the US to sign-up or step aside. Vital as it is that the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollution" rel="nofollow"><strong>world’s largest historic polluter</strong></a> be bound by the new agreement, we must only hope that their intransigence to doing much more to tackle climate change does not succeed in watering down the action needed in the next years and in that future deal. It is of course possible to have legal commitments to do absolutely nothing. The EU must now work with developing countries to ensure the US does not drag the world in that direction.</p> <p></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> <p><em><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/pressroom/reactions/oxfam-response-canadas-announcement-withdraw-kyoto-protocol" rel="nofollow"><strong>Oxfam response to Canada’s announcement to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol</strong></a></em></p> <p><em>Follow us on Twitter<strong> <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/Oxfam" rel="nofollow">@Oxfam</a></strong> and like us on <strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/GROWgarden" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a></strong> to keep up to date.</em><em><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/pressroom/reactions/oxfam-response-canadas-announcement-withdraw-kyoto-protocol" rel="nofollow"><strong></strong></a></em></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Winners and losers in the Durban climate deal</h2></div> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 17:39:08 +0000 Tim Gore 9703 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-12-13-winners-and-losers-durban-climate-deal#comments Climate deal fails poor people http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-12-11-climate-deal-fails-poor-people <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Negotiators at the UN climate talks have narrowly avoided a collapse, agreeing to the bare minimum deal possible as the UN climate talks in Durban went well beyond the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth hours.</strong></p> <p>There were two key issues that they debated, drafted, discussed and dissected over two long weeks of talks. Firstly, how to increase the ambition of emissions cuts and ensure a legal framework – the bedrock of which was a second commitment period of the<strong> <a href="http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/items/2830.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Kyoto Protocol (KP)</a></strong>– with a separate fair, ambitious and binding agreement covering all major emitters. Secondly, how they raise the money needed to fill the <a href="http://www.iol.co.za/mercury/we-can-raise-finance-for-green-climate-fund-1.1195514" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Green Climate Fund</strong></a> – the instrument that is designed to pay for developing countries to adapt their economies to a greener path and help their people mitigate against the affects of a changing climate.  </p> <p>The plan that was finally agreed, as the talks overran into a second night, gets the Fund up and running without any sources of funding, preserves a narrow pathway to avoid 4 degrees of warming and gets a second commitment period of the KP without key members. </p> <p>Let’s be clear, as the delegate say as a precursor to most speeches, the deal that has been done in Durban is not good for the future of the planet, or the poorest and most vulnerable people. Negotiators have sent a message to the world’s hungry: ‘Let them eat carbon.’ </p> <p>The ‘<strong>Durban Platform</strong>’ can only be described as a major disappointment. But the blame for this delay lies squarely on the shoulders of the US and other countries like Canada, Japan and Australia who dragged their feet from start to finish, mainly over how to cut emissions in line with keeping warming below 2 degrees. </p> <p>If more ambitious action is not taken soon, farmers in parts of Africa could face a drop in crop yields of more than fifty percent within this generation or that of their children.  Food prices could more than double within the next two decades, up to half of this caused by climate change. This makes delivering real concrete assistance to ensure the most vulnerable people can protect themselves from a changing climate even more vital. </p> <p></p> <p>We cannot allow the Green Climate Fund to wither on the vine. Governments must identify significant and predictable sources of money for the Fund without delay, such as a tiny tax on financial transactions and a fee on emissions from international shipping.</p> <p>Governments must bank the pennies won here in Durban and immediately turn their attention to raising the ambition of their emissions cuts targets and filling the Green Climate Fund. If countries don’t ratchet up their emissions cuts urgently, it will be the poorest and most vulnerable communities around the world who pay for this inaction with their lives.</p> <p>People who care about the fate of the world’s poor and their own economic future should be angry that governments have failed to take adequate action here in Durban.  But anger alone won’t solve climate change. There is still an opportunity to push forward in Rio to raise the level of ambition and cut the kind of deal we need. Those who are unable to negotiate for this kind of outcome should simply stay home.</p> <p><em>Follow us on Twitter<strong> <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/Oxfam" rel="nofollow">@Oxfam</a></strong> and like us on <strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/GROWgarden" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a></strong> to keep up to date.</em></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>Climate deal fails poor people</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blog/11-12-11-accord-climat-laisse-populations-pauvres-carreau" title="L&#039;accord sur le climat laisse les populations pauvres sur le carreau" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blog/11-12-16-el-acuerdo-climatico-decepciona-personas-mas-pobres" title="El acuerdo climático decepciona a las personas más pobres" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 17:00:10 +0000 Ian Sullivan 9700 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-12-11-climate-deal-fails-poor-people#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 Thousands call for climate justice while countries prepare their blindfolds http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-12-05-thousands-call-climate-justice-while-countries-prepare-their-blindfolds <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Saturday 3 December was not a normal day for the population of Durban, South Africa. A climate march wound around the streets of the centre as somewhere between 10, 000 to 15,000 people called for – in fact demanded – action on climate change. They brought the city to a colourful, vibrant and peaceful standstill.</strong></p> <p></p> <p>Walking with, and sometimes carrying our gorgeous puppets – Mama Mhlaba (Zulu for Mother Earth) &amp; Baba Manzi (Father Water) – I saw groups as diverse as the Rural Women’s Assembly and the Airport Workers Union marching side-by-side. All for the same ultimate goal – climate justice through urgent, fair and effective action on climate change.</p> <p>Sadly however, it seems like our governments are not listening. As we enter week 2 of the negotiations here in Durban, there are very real fears that countries are blindfolding themselves to the reality of climate change. It seems like some powerful countries – <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/reactions/top-civil-society-executives-issue-warning-call-us-step-or-step-aside" rel="nofollow"><strong>led by the USA</strong></a> – are preparing to call a decade long ‘timeout’ on climate action. <strong>They want to have no new targets to lower emissions, or agreement on a legally binding deal, until 2020</strong>. This isn’t good enough.</p> <p>We know that in order to prevent the most disastrous impacts, we need to increase our targets on emissions reduction, and quickly. So why are politicians and leaders turning in the other direction? There are many countries and groups that are asking their leaders to open their eyes to climate change, show courage and take effective action. Our great fear is that these people will be ignored. The next 4 days are critical.</p> <p><strong>Countries must respond to climate change today</strong>. As well as emissions reductions they need to provide money for 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>, that they set up at last year’s <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/climatechange/cancun-climate-summit" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">conference in Cancun</a></strong>. The sources of money are there, a proposed <a href="http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2011/2011-12-02-01.html" rel="nofollow"><strong>tax on shipping emissions</strong></a> (bunkers tax) or a <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/health-education/robin-hood-tax" rel="nofollow"><strong>financial transaction tax</strong></a> (FTT) are two ways to raise the income needed to help the poorest people to better respond to the realities of climate change. </p> <p>Having said all this, it is important to remember that people are taking action on climate change in their everyday lives. The amazing women we’ve met through the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imyEDnBRUBk" rel="nofollow"><strong>Rural Women’s Assembly</strong></a>, the farmers, artists and activists who travelled on the <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blog/11-11-30-climate-change-campaigning-artist-farmer-and-caravan"><strong>Caravan of Hope</strong></a>, along with millions of others, aren’t waiting for our leaders.</p> <p>The march on Saturday was a noisy reminder that people aren’t going to sit idly while our leaders close their eyes to climate realities. </p> <p><em>Watch a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPVkJnIiUaM" rel="nofollow"><strong>video of the COP17 climate march</strong></a>.</em></p> <p><em>Follow us on Twitter<strong> <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/Oxfam" rel="nofollow">@Oxfam</a></strong> and like us on <strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/GROWgarden" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a></strong> to keep up to date.</em></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>Thousands call for climate justice while countries prepare their blindfolds</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blog/11-12-06-thousands-call-climate-justice-while-countries-prepare-their-blindfolds" title="Miles de personas exigen justicia climática mientras los políticos se tapan los ojos" 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-justice-climatique-milliers-manifestants-appellent-etats-lever--oeilleres" title="Justice climatique : des milliers de manifestants appellent les États à lever leurs oeillères" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 17:59:51 +0000 Conor Costello 9688 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-12-05-thousands-call-climate-justice-while-countries-prepare-their-blindfolds#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 Hungry for climate action: climate conference begins in Durban http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-11-27-durban-extreme-dinner-climate-change-summit <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>The United Nations have unpacked the bunting and draped the decorations around Durban, South Africa, for the next round of <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/durban" rel="nofollow">climate negotiations, COP17</a>. Leaders, policy experts, delegates, <a href="/en/blog/11-11-17-demanding-climate-action-caravan-hope" rel="nofollow">caravanites</a>, photo exhibitions, puppets, the world’s media and all manner of colorful characters have arrived to get their teeth into securing progress in the fight against climate change.</strong></p> <p></p> <p>Oxfam kicked off our efforts with a dinner party in the sea to provide a stark illustration of the effects that extreme weather will have on our already creaking food system. Poor people already spend a big proportion of their incomes on food and this will increase if crops fail due to an unpredictable climate.</p> <p>We’re bringing messages of support from across the world, demanding that leaders act on climate change. As things stand, almost 1 billion people are going hungry, and this is set to increase.</p> <p>A lot can be achieved over the next two weeks. Firstly, rich countries must start to fill the climate fund that was agreed last year in Cancun. They need to start raising the $100 billion that is needed per year to help developing countries adapt to the effects of rising temperatures. In these tough economic times leaders need to look at options like a tax on global shipping emissions – which account for the same carbon output as Germany. Or a tiny Financial Transactions Tax (aka <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/health-education/robin-hood-tax" rel="nofollow">Robin Hood Tax</a></strong>) to raise the money that they’ve said is needed. We’re also looking for progress on extending the <strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol" rel="nofollow">Kyoto Protocol</a></strong> beyond 2012, ensuring that countries stick to, move to the top end of their target range and go further with the emissions cuts that have already been agreed.</p> <p>Although the Summit starts tomorrow, people are already spreading the message and ramping up the pressure. <a href="/en/blog/11-11-17-demanding-climate-action-caravan-hope" rel="nofollow"><strong>The Trans-African Caravan of Hope</strong></a> has arrived in town with over a million signatures of support. Oxfam launched our photo exhibition, Enough to Eat by local NGO Women on Farms, highlighting the challenges that women food producers face. Today in Durban former <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/about/ambassadors/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu" rel="nofollow">Archbishop Desmond Tutu</a></strong> led an interfaith rally where over 200,000 calls for action where delivered on an arc. People around the world are calling on leaders to make the decisions necessary to tackle climate change.</p> <p>If they need some inspiration then they should head a few kilometers outside of Durban. There, they can visit the former home of Mahatma Ghandi, where he spent 21 years developing and promoting his non-racial and non-violent ideals. They can also stand on the spot where Nelson Mandela cast his vote in South Africa’s first democratic elections. Great things have been achieved in Durban! As Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”</p> <h3>Read more</h3> <p><strong>Follow COP17 through <a href="http://twitter.com/oxfam" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/GROWgarden" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/grow" title="GROW campaign" rel="nofollow"><strong>Oxfam's GROW campaign</strong></a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Hungry for climate action: climate conference begins in Durban </h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blog/11-11-28-diner-eau-sommet-changement-climatique" title="Au menu de la COP 17 : des actes pour le climat !" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blog/11-11-27-accion-contra-cambio-climatico-arranca-la-conferencia-de-durban" title="¡Acción contra el cambio climático! Arranca la conferencia de Durban" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 17:37:17 +0000 Ian Sullivan 9674 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/11-11-27-durban-extreme-dinner-climate-change-summit#comments How do we sleep while our beds are burning? http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-10-02-how-do-we-sleep-while-our-beds-are-burning <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Today the <strong><a href="http://tcktcktck.org/" rel="nofollow">TckTckTck</a></strong>, an unprecedented global alliance of civil society organizations, trade unions, faith groups and individuals, is launching <strong>a global musical petition</strong> for a <strong>climate deal in Copenhagen in December</strong>. </p> <p>The re-mix of the song "Beds are Burning" features over 60 artists and celebrities, and has been re-written by <a href="http://www.midnightoil.com/" rel="nofollow"><strong>Midnight Oil</strong></a> themselves to reflect the greatest humanitarian crisis facing humankind today. </p> <p>Help us make this song huge and reach new people with the messages of TckTckTck! To help, you can:</p> <ul><li> Download <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=332754461&amp;id=332754130&amp;s=143442&amp;uo=6%20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>the song for free from iTunes</strong></a>. </li> <li> Watch <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBTZOg6l6cA" rel="nofollow"><strong>the video on YouTube</strong></a>: the more people see it, the higher profile it will get!</li> <li>After you've seen it, favorite it, comment on it, and share with your friends!</li> <li> Tweet it, post to your Facebook page, or your blog!</li> <li>But most of all, please sign our <a href="http://e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=142&amp;ea.campaign.id=4195" rel="nofollow"><strong>pledge to stop catastrophic climate change!</strong></a></li> </ul><p> </p> <p></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>How do we sleep while our beds are burning?</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blog/09-10-02-camas-arden" title="¿Dormimos mientras arde nuestra cama?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Fri, 02 Oct 2009 14:30:44 +0000 Anonymous 8856 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-10-02-how-do-we-sleep-while-our-beds-are-burning#comments Keep the pressure up… http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-06-09-keep-pressure-up%C2%85 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Today the Executive Secretary <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yvo_de_Boer" rel="nofollow"><strong>Yvo de Boer</strong></a> met with observer organisations to answers their questions. <a href="http://adoptanegotiator.org/category/united-kingdom/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Anna Collins</strong></a>, negotiator tracker from the UK, asked for Mr de Boer's advice on the message she and the other trackers should send to the thousands that are following the <a href="http://adoptanegotiator.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Adopt a Negotiator</strong></a> project given that the clock is ticking and real progress needs to me made. </p> <p>Mr de Boer advised that people work hard to build political pressure in every country. Write to your governments and members of parliament. Let them know you care, he said, the process could do with some urgency. As a thank you for the encouragement, Mr de Boer was handed an <strong>Adopt a Negotiator T-Shirt</strong>. </p> <p>Talking about the role of the NGOs, Mr de Boer said that for governments there is almost no place to hide. Despite the fact that a lot still happens behind closed doors, this is encouraging. So let's take Mr de Boer's advice serious and keep the pressure up.</p> <p> Join our <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/climatechange/petition" rel="nofollow"><strong>climate change petition</strong></a> now!</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Keep the pressure up…</h2></div> Tue, 09 Jun 2009 13:27:28 +0000 Judith Orland 8793 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-06-09-keep-pressure-up%C2%85#comments