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It’s up to U Now – message to delegates Climate Change Conference

Shahanara form Bangladesh. Photo OxfamWith just three days left to the conference closes, Oxfam blitzed delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, with a special photographic exhibition and calendar called “It’s up to UNow”.

The photos, are messages from people in developing countries, who are already having to adapt and live with the impacts of climate change, as well as people from rich countries, who are taking personal action to reduce their contribution to climate change. Take a look at all of the photo messages on our Flickr profile.

Today, they are coming together to send a clear message to delegates at this conference, to do all they can to ensure that the interests of people living in poverty are put at the heart of any decisions and outcomes from Bali.

Quite simply, they are telling delegates “It’s up to UNow”.

We have given delegates a chance to show their support to Fight Climate Poverty, by having their photo taken, so it can be added to the exhibition. More updates on who took the challenge later.

Shahanara, from Bangladesh (pictured above) stood in flood water near the camp she has been staying at for five months since her house was destroyed in the floods in the village of Puteakhal. She said “I have raised my home and my husband is trying to work in the market. What else can we do. We have no option now”. Read more from Shahanara, and other stories and messages on our flickr pages.


December 12, 2007 at 10:19 am 2 comments

The Graph of Climate Injustice

Kate Raworth presents the graph of injustice. Photo Ng Swan Ti/OxfamOxfam’s “Bali blogger”, Karina Brisby reports back from the launch of the Graph of Injustice.

On the 10th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, Oxfam unveiled a huge “Graph of Climate Injustice”, directly outside the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali. You can see the highlights of the unveiling and presentation on YouTube.

Oxfam’s Senior Climate Change Researcher Kate Raworth, introduced the graph, outlined the significance of where the rich and high-polluting countries (known as Annex II) and the poorest countries (Least Developed Countries – LDCs) sat in relation to each other.

By plotting countries’ per capita carbon emissions against their incomes per capita, the graph showed that while rich countries are most responsible for causing climate change, it is the least responsible and poorest countries who are having to bear the worst impact. You can see the graph’s full detail in this PDF

Ministers and delegates from Uganda, Tuvalu, Bangladesh and the Maldives also joined us today, to talk about the experiences of their people struggling to adapt to climate change. And, while their countries are far apart geographically, the delegates had a similar story to tell: they are all having to adapt at a much faster and bigger scale than rich countries, but without the resources and technology needed.

Adaptation finance would help developing countries plan and cope with the impacts of climate change, for example by improving shelter, introducing drought resistant crops, changing farming techniques to ensure stable food supplies, planting trees and helping communities find new ways to earn incomes without depending on the land. These are just a few of then many things need to be done.

Developing country officials and Oxfam want to see a commitment from rich countries for adequate adaptation financing for all developing countries (Oxfam estimates this will cost at least $50 billion year) as one key of outcomes of this conference.

The Netherlands is one of the few rich countries which is actually honoring its obligations. Development Minister Bert Koenders urged the other rich countries to follow the Dutch lead by providing adaptation finance on top of their existing commitments to provide 0.7% of national income for meeting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

You can find out more about what Oxfam is demanding to be delivered on adaptation finance by reading our report

Watch a video from today’s unveiling.

December 11, 2007 at 4:58 pm 4 comments

When a Ugandan Minister meets a US Senator

Ugandan Minister for Environment Maria Mutagamba and US Senator John Kerry.Photo Ng Swan Ti/OxfamOxfam Press Officer Laura Rusu, reports back on a day spent with politicians from different sides of the world, and what they can do to help to tackle climate change.

In her meeting with US Senator John Kerry, Ugandan Minister for Environment, Ms Maria Mutagamba, wanted to be sure that he understood that climate change is a matter of life and death for people in developing countries.

So on her way to the meeting, she took one of the drawings from the Oxfam ”Children’s voices” exhibition which she had just unveiled, to show the Senator, how children expressed their thoughts about Climate Change.

The Minister wanted the Senator to be compelled, to act on behalf all poor people struggling to survive, as the impacts of climate change continue to affect more people and rob them of their livelihoods, access to natural resources and lives.

Senator Kerry, the only member of US Congress attending Bali, along with his colleagues in the US Congress, can certainly make a difference. Just last week, the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed a bill that marks some important steps for the US in fighting climate change.

The legislation, which will now go to the full Senate for consideration, would use money generated from the sales of greenhouse gas emission permits to provide assistance to vulnerable developing countries to adapt to climate change impacts. According to our calculations, this would generate at least $1 billion a year for adaptation funding at the outset of the program, increasing over time.

Although Oxfam estimates that unavoidable climate impacts in all developing countries require at least $50bn per year, this bill is a crucial step forward, but more needs to be done. You can find out more about this Oxfam’s reaction to this bill by reading our media release – Oxfam Applauds Adaptation Funding in US Legislation, Urges Concrete Action in Bali

December 10, 2007 at 4:36 pm 1 comment

Ugandan Minister for Environment unveils art from children about climate change.

Ugandan Minister for the Enviroment, Maria Mutagamba. Photo Ng Swan TiThe Ugandan Minister for Environment, Ms Maria Mutagamba, launched a collection of drawings that young people form Bangladesh, Malawi and Uganda, have created to express what Climate Change means to them.

The drawings were entered into a competition that Oxfam co-coordinated, so that young people in developing countries, could send a message to delegates in Bali, to think about their future, when making decisions at this conference

Ms Mutagamba was moved by the images and said that the children “ …. expressed themselves (through) images of floods and drought … they have lost hope and we must restore their hope in the global community.”

The drawings drew a big crowd at their unveiling, you can see the images in more detail on our Flickr profile and watch the video of the unveiling of the drawings below.

One of the drawings has gone off to a special meeting. More about that in our next few blogs.

December 10, 2007 at 2:37 pm 1 comment

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