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Poor people can’t bear it – Oxfam’s Polar Bears reject the US Climate offer

Oxfam’s Polar Bears protest again for the UN Climate Change Conference to Save the Human. Photos Ng Swan Ti/OxfamOxfam’s Polar bears came back for a second visit to the Untied Nation Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia today, as they could not believe that on the final day of the summit, there was still no clear agreement on a way forward to tackle climate change. You can watch a video of what they got up to on our YouTube Channel.

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December 14, 2007 at 11:47 am 1 comment

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

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


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