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Dr Ruth Valerio, Director of Advocacy and Influencing at Tearfund, said:

“The IPCC report makes it painfully clear that we are in a fight for survival and can’t afford distant promises of action. The door is still open on limiting warming to 1.5C - but only if world leaders make swift cuts to emissions and end further support for polluting fossil fuels. It's time for politicians to stop dragging their feet and do what needs to be done to secure a safer world for us all. Anything less is accepting a death sentence for people at the frontline of this crisis.”

Charles Bakolo, Tearfund partner in Malawi, said:

"15 years ago my home village was food secure; now the crops wither and hunger is an everyday reality. Failure to deliver the climate finance promised by rich countries to adapt to this crisis is to accept the suffering of the women and men I grew up with and others like us. I and thousands of Malawians are playing our part to tackle this unfolding climate disaster; we need world leaders to get the job done at the Glasgow climate talks.”

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For further information and interview requests call Sam Perriman on +44 (0) 7783 770487, email sam.perriman@tearfund.org, or call the Tearfund Media Team on +44 (0) 7929 339813.

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About Tearfund

Tearfund is a Christian charity that partners with churches in more than 50 of the world’s poorest countries. We tackle poverty through sustainable development, responding to disasters and challenging injustice. We believe an end to extreme poverty is possible. Tearfund is also a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee. For more information about the work of Tearfund, please visit www.tearfund.org.

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