The climate crisis is part of the global inequality crisis. While we in the western world account for by far the largest part of the CO2 emissions causing climate change, it is the world's poorest who pay the price in the form of droughts, floods, and other extreme events that adds to stress on water resources, food security and human health. Oxfam IBIS fights for wealthy countries to take responsibility.
in 11 countries are currently supported by Oxfam IBIS
people in East Africa was in 2017 in need of humanitarian help because of climate crisis
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The first goal of our action on climate change is to ensure a higher level of climate justice at international level. We will put pressure on the rich nations to fulfill their commitments to the Paris Agreement. They should not only reduce their own CO2 emissions, but also contribute financially to the countries hit hardest by climate change, enabling them mitigate and adapt to risks themselves.
Specifically, we are helping to give lower income populations a voice at the COP 27 climate summit and demanding compensation for losses and damage, for example, on agricultural land and infrastructure created by drought and floods.
Our other goal is to help poorer populations directly, building more sustainable and resilient local communities. This applies to the introduction of new cultivation methods to increase the production of food in a country like Mali, which is affected by desertification. Or it could be the education and organization of indigenous peoples in Latin America so that they can have a say at local level for the use of rainforest resources and thus secure their livelihoods.
In addition, we are making a very special effort to improve the conditions of women, as they are disproportionately affected by climatechange causing further problems in securing food, clean drinking water and ensuring the health of the family.
The desert is spreading in northern Mali, where weather conditions have become extreme and temperatures are rising. This means the loss of agricultural land and production, which hits local communities exceptionally hard.
Over 80% of the population in the area is now characterised by a high degree of food insecurity and lives at a subsistence level. We help local farmers introduce new crops that are more drought resistant and also use organic fertilizers that protect soil and biodiversity. Finally, we help them to be able to exchange for small animal husbandry outside the actual cultivation period.