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ActionAid demands #ClimateJusticeNow

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“The dirty fossil fuel party is over, now we have to clean up the mess. Whoever caused the biggest mess has the most responsibility.” Harjeet Singh, ActionAid’s global lead on climate change. 

ActionAid is joining millions of activists, young people, civil society organisations and businesses for the Global Climate Strike on 20 September, to demand climate justice. Rich countries have benefited from more than a century of industrialisation that has caused climate change. Now they have an outsized obligation to help developing countries cope with climate disasters. 

The Global Climate Strike is followed by the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September – these are historic opportunities for governments to finally respond with the ambition needed to address the scale of the climate emergency. 

Young people and women in the Global South, who have the least responsibility for climate change, are already living with its impacts. More people are going hungry as droughts, floods, sea level rise and increasingly frequent climate disasters are destroy farmland and fishing stocks. Young people are migrating to urban areas, or fleeing overseas, because they see little future for themselves. Girls are missing school as they are forced to walk further and further to find water. Their voices must be heard in global demands for climate justice. 

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Latest news

We’ll be releasing press statements, op eds and blogs in response to the global climate strikes and the UN Climate Action Summit and UNGA in New York.

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Sesheeni at a climate protest

1 October

What happens when leaders behave like children?

Sesheeni Joud Selvaratnam, our International Programme and Policy Lead, tackles this question in the latest blog.

You can read her blog here.

 

  

Demonstrators making the case for climate justice now
Protesters demanding #ClimateJusticeNow
Brandon Wu/ActionAid

27 September

Harjeet Singh, our global climate lead, writes: "As the week of global climate action concludes with another wave of exciting protests around the world, I leave New York with two key takeaways."

Read Harjeet's latest here

 

 

A model elephant in a large meeting hall
The elephant in the room at the UN
Lars Koch/ActionAid

27 September

Lars Koch, Policy Director for ActionAid Denmark, has written a blog about climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals, and financing. 

You can read his blog here

 

 

  

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Farah Kabir
ActionAid

26 September

Our Bangladesh country director, Farah Kabir, has blogged about the SDG summit in New York, sharing her reflections. 

You can read the piece here

 

  

People taking part in the global climate strike
The global climate strike
Brandon Wu/ActionAid

25 September

As the IPCC release the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, Harjeet Singh, our global climate lead, warns that climate change could lead to mass migration.

Read Harjeet's statement here.


  

A group of protesters at the global climate strike
Protesters at the Climate Strike
Brandon Wu/ActionAid

23 September

Global climate lead Harjeet Singh has responded to a statement from Danone. 

Harjeet says we need policy makers to be courageous. 

Read Harjeet's statement here.

 

  

A group of protesters at the global climate strike
Protesters at the global climate strike
Brandon Wu/ActionAid

23 September

Harjeet Singh, our global lead on climate change, has responded to the first day of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

You can read his response here

 

  

  

An activist taking part in the global climate strike on 20 September 2019
An activist at the global climate strike
Teresa Anderson/ActionAid

23 September

Teresa Anderson is our climate policy co-ordinator.

She has written a blog post explaining why we need system change to counter climate change.

You can read her blog here.


 

Global Climate Strike, New York
ActionAid

23 September

ActionAid joined the Global Climate Strikes around the world. 

 

See a selection of photos here.

 

 

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An agroecology project in Nepal
Samin Shreshtha/ActionAid

22 September

ActionAid has produced a briefing on nature-based solutions to climate change. 

You can read the briefing here.

 

 

   

 

ActionAid's Teresa Anderson and Harjeet Singh among climate protestors
Teresa Anderson and Harjeet Singh from ActionAid among climate protesters
ActionAid

21 September

Brandon Wu has written some reflections on the climate strike which took place on 20 September and finds the action gives him hope. 

You can read his blog here.

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Brandon Wu
ActionAid

 

 

19 September

Yesterday, UN Secretary General António Guterres stated that all countries must act to fight climate change.

Brandon Wu, Director of Policy & Campaigns for ActionAid USA has responded. 

You can read his response here

 

 

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Protesters calling for urgent action on climate change
Delphine Blast/ActionAid

17 September

UN Climate Action Summit: Three ways to breathe life into the Paris Agreement

This press release sets out ActionAid's three key demands from the Climate Action Summit.

You can read the press release here.

 

Latest climate survivor stories

We’re publishing a series of stories from the frontline of climate change, from the women, young people and indigenous communities already living with the devastating impacts of the crisis.

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Hilda Hlabiso
ActionAid

Hilda Hlabiso lives in Zimbabwe. Her community was devastated by Cyclone Idai. Hilda is doing everything she can to help her community return to normal.

Hilda is a climate survivor. 

You can read her story and watch a short video here

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Elizabeth Ebei
ActionAid

 


Elizabeth Ebei is a farmer in the rural district of Isiolo in central Kenya. 

Climate change has made farming unbearable for Elizabeth. The rains are now erratic. Strong winds damage land and buildings. The rivers are running dry. climate change is severely affecting her livelihood.

Elizabeth is a climate survivor.

Read her story here.

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Goodness Johnny
ActionAid

 

Goodness Johnny is a farmer in the Abuator community in the Delta State area of Nigeria.

She received emergency relief materials from ActionAid Nigeria  after flooding forced her family to leave their home. She has since been trained in disaster risk reduction so she can help her community.

Goodness is a climate survivor. 

You can read her story here.

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Elizabeth Dakurah
ActionAid

Elizabeth Dakurah lives in Ghana where she has a small farm.

The rains are no longer regular and pests have been attacking her crops.

With support from ActionAid, Elizabeth's community is trying to adapt to climate change.

Elizabeth is a climate survivor.

You can read her story here.

A photo of Quilombola leader Maria de Fátima Barros
Quilombola leader Maria de Fátima Barros
Thomas Bauer

The Cerrado biome in Brazil is a vital savannah environment.

More than 500,000 people have signed a petition to protect the Cerrado.

The campaign wants the Cerrado recognised as a National Heritage Site.

You can read about the campaign and get involved here

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Fatou Keita
ActionAid

Fatou lives with her family in Senegal.

Her farming community is already impacted by climate change.

With support from ActionAid the community is fighting back.

Fatou is a climate survivor. You can read her story here.