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

"This weekend has been full of hollow words with little more than spare change on the table to end support for fossil fuels and bring about the green revolution we desperately need. The G7 has finally recognised the egregious impact of coal, but has fallen short of ending the era of polluting fossil fuels and ushering in a climate-safe future for us all.

Empty promises will do nothing for the 132 million people who will be pushed into extreme poverty this decade by the climate emergency.

Cutting the aid budget has left the UK weak on the global stage and failing to lead in a vital year in the fight against the climate crisis.

This could have been a springboard for successful Climate Talks in November, but without the cash, these promises are like writing in the sand and will do nothing to turn the tide of the climate emergency that is already devastating the lives of millions."

Dr Ruth Valerio is available for further comment.
Please contact: Sam Perriman on 07783770487 or email sam.perriman@tearfund.org

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