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

"Over the past few months Tearfund has seen extreme weather events devastate the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. From floods leaving children hungry in South Sudan to a hurricane descending on Haitian communities recovering from an earthquake, the climate crisis is already here. But we can still avoid the worst of it if big emitters urgently pick up the pace to close the gap and get us on track for 1.5C at COP26."


For further information call Sam Perriman on +44 (0)7783 770487, email [email protected], 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

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