Well into the evening in frigid Katowice, the world’s national governments concluded the latest global climate summit with a decision that made measurable headway—while leaving many others frustrated with its lack of visionary boldness.
The carbon footprint of the world’s one billion poorest people represents just 3 percent of the global total. Yet as climate change advances, poor communities are hardest hit. Not only do we have a responsibility to avoid doing harm to others, we must help them adapt.
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Climate change is already wreaking havoc across our planet and the world’s climate scientists just warned us that it can get much, much worse.
Oxfam and its local partners are ready to respond to Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Typhoon Ompong, if needed. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council estimates that 4.3 million people live in the projected path of this destructive storm.
As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Southeastern coast of the US, more than a million people are under mandatory evacuation orders. Oxfam is closely monitoring the path and impact of Florence, and will be making a determination about where resources could make the most helpful impact for those affected.
Oxfam is participating in the Global Climate Action Summit to put a face to the millions of people who are forced to flee their homes due to climate change, and help find solutions to climate-changed related migration.
An interrogation of Kenya’s energy options suggests that the answer is: Not yet.