Wild weather and unpredictable seasons are changing what farmers can grow and is making people hungry. Food prices are going up. Food quality is going down. Soon, climate change will affect what all of us can eat.
Climate change is the single biggest threat to winning the fight against hunger, but the next year is the world’s chance to turn that around. Governments will agree a new international plan on climate change by the end of 2015 – we need to make sure it is strong enough to stop climate change making people hungry.
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How people are already fighting back
As temperatures rise, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and more severe. Farmers are struggling to cope. And nearly a billion of the world’s poorest people – people who did the least to cause climate change – are finding it even harder to feed their families.
From adapting to changing weather in South America to cooking smart in Europe, millions of people around the world are already taking action on climate change in their own lives.
At Oxfam, we’re already working around the world to respond. We’re helping farmers in Thailand build irrigation and drainage systems so crops can thrive during droughts and long rainy seasons. We’re supporting farmers in Malawi to rotate crops based on weather patterns. We’re working with coastal farmers in Vietnam to plant mangroves to protect against storm waves.
But no country is adequately prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change. So we need meaningful action now from governments and big businesses.
Email Enda Kenny for climate justice
On the 23rd September, world leaders will gather together at the 2014 Climate Summit in New York. Taoiseach Enda Kenny will represent Ireland at this important event. We want him to guarantee that Ireland will live up to its responsibilities to prevent further climate change and to help developing countries to adapt to the climate change already happening.
We’re asking Enda Kenny to ensure that Ireland plays its part in protecting the planet by committing to its fair share of emissions cuts; providing financial support to help aid developing countries to adapt to climate change; and championing a climate change goal in the post-2015 agenda. the UN’s new set of development goals for post-2015.
Farmer Virginia Ñuñonca (above R with her daughter Elian) lives in the Peruvian highlands, where climate change is already having an impact on the ability of communities to feed themselves. “I see the climate is changing a lot. Before it wasn’t like this. Sometimes these days, with the cold and frost, the grass gets really dry. Often people get pessimistic because of the lack of water here, but if you work hard, you can do it.”
An Oxfam project supported Virginia by building a reservoir, which she uses to water the grass to feed a herd of dairy cows. The milk and cheese she makes from the milk provide her family with a steady income.
“Before I only worked with sheep and llamas, and had almost no daily income. Maybe every few months I earned something. Now, thanks to this project, I have these cows. I get 21 liters of milk a day, sometimes as much as 23. I can make three cheeses a day. I sell the milk for 1 sol/20 liters, and I sell one cheese for 12 soles.”