Climate change is one of the greatest injustices of our time
Our Pacific neighbours live in some of the world’s lowest-lying countries and are particularly vulnerable, even though they have produced almost no global warming pollution. Rising sea levels, ocean acidification and extreme weather are making their water undrinkable, destroying their food crops and endangering their livelihoods. In the worst cases, homelands are becoming uninhabitable.
Around the developing world, climate change is already making it harder for people to feed their families. And pollution and temperatures are still rising. If we continue this way, we will hit a threshold – in our own lifetimes – beyond which the chance of ending hunger worldwide will be lost.
We will not stand by and watch this happen
People all over the world are doing their bit to tackle climate change. Now governments and big businesses must step up and play their part by cutting greenhouse gas pollution and helping communities adapt to changing climates. We can ensure there’s enough good food for everyone. But Pacific people need real action now to avoid the worst effects. We can no longer afford to hesitate.
What we're doing
Calling for urgent action
- Climate change is dramatically changing the world we love. It’s putting our homes, our land and our food at risk. We're calling on world leaders to ensure that money to help people cope with climate change is on the way up, and the emissions that lead to more extreme weather and disasters are on the way down. Add your voice.
- Oxfam takes a leadership role at UN meetings on climate change, calling for an ambitious, fair and legally binding global climate agreement that puts the needs of the world’s poorest people at its heart. We also amplify Pacific voices by providing support to Pacific island organisations and governments in climate change negotiations.
- Our Pacific neighbours desperately need financing to adapt to climate change, but so far all they have received is crumbs. Oxfam supports innovative ways to generate the funding that poor people need to lower their own emissions and cope with climate change, including an international Financial Transactions Tax, or Robin Hood Tax.
Helping communities protect themselves
- The most intense cyclones, droughts and floods are getting worse. When disaster strikes, Oxfam moves quickly to provide life-saving assistance and we stay on to help people build back stronger and more resilient.
- Oxfam works with communities in the long term to ensure sustainable sources of food, water and income. This means people are better equipped to deal with the impacts of global warming.
- Papua New Guinea is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Oxfam is working with local groups to regenerate forests and establish terraces to reduce soil erosion. We also provide education on improving soil fertility and crop diversification, so that communities can grow enough food despite changing weather conditions.
- Oxfam works with the Farm Support Association in Vanuatu to plant vetiver grass hedges, which improve the soil and help control erosion. As a result, people have a more secure food supply.
As more than 160 countries come together to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement, taking a critical step towards its implementation, Oxfam calls on governments to continue to confront climate change collectively and turn their commitments into action, while strengthening their current pledges and agreeing to higher finance levels.
The Paris climate deal has brought the world’s powers together but is set to short-change the poorest and most vulnerable people as they struggle with the burgeoning reality of rising sea-levels, floods and drought Oxfam warned today.
The poorest half of the world’s population – 3.5 billion people – is responsible for just 10 per cent of climate change pollution, despite being the most threatened by the catastrophic storms, droughts, and other severe weather shocks linked to climate change.