Back in 2009, wealthier nations promised to provide $100 billion a year from 2020 to help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. But this promise has yet to be fulfilled. This year, the UK Government has said it will use its COP* presidency (which runs until November) to influence other wealthy nations to deliver the money they’ve pledged – and to ensure it reaches the communities that need it. Will you join us in calling on the UK Government to keep its promises?
*COP stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’ and refers to the annual UN global climate summit: the most recent, COP26, took place in Glasgow in November 2021.
COP26 Global Day of Action march with Tearfund, Glasgow November 2021 | Image credit: Chris Hoskins
The climate crisis is hitting those living in poverty the hardest. For millions of people across the world, extreme weather events mean losing their homes, food and livelihoods. What’s more, climate-vulnerable nations are being forced to divert funds away from essential public services, such as healthcare and schooling, to protect themselves against the climate crisis – a crisis they didn’t cause.
Promise Salawu, Advocacy Officer for Tearfund in Nigeria, says: ‘In the northern parts [of Nigeria] we are experiencing droughts, we are experiencing heatwaves. Many, many farmers are unable to farm anymore, leading to an increase in poverty. In the south we are experiencing flooding, people are losing livelihoods and their homes.’
This is a huge injustice that must be addressed urgently. While they wait for the money that’s been promised, communities bearing the brunt of the climate crisis are developing creative solutions – from solar-powered wells to sustainable farming practices – to adapt and to address the impacts of the crisis. But this innovation needs investment.
As well as calling on the UK Government to urge wealthy nations to deliver the promised climate finance, we can pray and give – to show love for our global neighbours and to help build a fairer world where people can flourish.
People at an IDP camp gather to dance and sing at the end of a day | Image credit: Tom Price
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