“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.
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.
What happens when leaders behave like children?
Sesheeni Joud Selvaratnam, our International Programme and Policy Lead, tackles this question in the latest blog.
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."
Lars Koch, Policy Director for ActionAid Denmark, has written a blog about climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals, and financing.
Our Bangladesh country director, Farah Kabir, has blogged about the SDG summit in New York, sharing her reflections.
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.
Global climate lead Harjeet Singh has responded to a statement from Danone.
Harjeet says we need policy makers to be courageous.
Harjeet Singh, our global lead on climate change, has responded to the first day of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.
Teresa Anderson is our climate policy co-ordinator.
She has written a blog post explaining why we need system change to counter climate change.
ActionAid joined the Global Climate Strikes around the world.
ActionAid has produced a briefing on nature-based solutions to climate change.
Brandon Wu has written some reflections on the climate strike which took place on 20 September and finds the action gives him hope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.