Kiribati youth climate activist, Tinaai Teaua (centre), with some of the more than 20 Australians who met with key decision-makers at Parliament House in Canberra recently to urge stronger action on climate change. Photo: Jennifer Nagy/OxfamAUS

“I am so happy and proud of those Australians who support us!”

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Twenty-two year old Pacific Islander Tinaai Teaua is currently at the CoP21 climate summit in Paris to ensure her peoples’ future: to conserve their land and guarantee their culture.

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Nothing really. We just made history.

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Over the weekend, at The People’s Climate March, we made history. And it was truly, awesomely epic. A momentous, tell-your-grand kids kind of occasion.

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Join me to #StandWithThePacific

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It’s almost exactly six months since Tropical Cyclone Pam made a direct and devastating hit on Vanuatu, changing lives forever. Recently, I visited Vanuatu and Kiribati and saw first-hand the devastating impacts of climate change in action. Changing weather patterns and rising seas are threatening homes and making it harder for people to grow, buy and […]

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Could the future of Timor-Leste be decided in New York?

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit will be held in New York next month and has the potential to change the lives of people around the world.

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Australia’s climate targets a major blow for Pacific neighbours

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Australia’s announcement today of its post-2020 emission reduction targets is woefully inadequate and risks an even more challenging future for communities around the world. But we don’t have to accept this announcement!

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PM Abbott stands at the climate action crossroads

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By Oxfam Australia’s Food and Climate Justice Campaign Lead, Ula Majewski It’s crunch time in Canberra, with key ministers expected to decide on Australia’s post-2020 climate targets over the coming days. I visited Parliament House this week, accompanied by some amazing Oxfam staff and volunteers, a giant Tony Abbott, some torrential rain, a giant sign […]

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What is food and nutrition security?

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By Kate Wingrove, Dietician and Campaigns Volunteer On 26 May 2015, government representatives, researchers and civil society organisations will meet in Paris to discuss the impacts of climate change on food and nutrition security. Dietician and Oxfam volunteer, Kate Wingrove, explains this important relationship. What is food and nutrition security? Food and nutrition security is about […]

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Sharing lessons from Cyclone Pam in Samoa

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Just two months ago Vanuatu took a direct hit from Cyclone Pam — one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded in the South Pacific. You have seen the images, read the stories, and are no doubt following Vanuatu’s determined efforts to rebuild and recover. But there is another story waiting to be told.

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10 unique ways people are taking on climate change — and 3 things you can do to help

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From droughts in Australia to cyclones in Vanuatu, we’re all feeling the effects of climate change. But droughts, floods, storms, and other extreme weather affect some of us more than others. Discover what others are doing to battle the effects and how you can help.

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The aftermath of Cyclone Pam in Utas, Vanuatu. Photo: Amy Christian/OxfamAUS

Journey to Ambrym: delivering aid to Vanuatu

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It was on Monday 23 March when the first Vanuatu ferry loaded its cargo of much-needed aid for some of the northern and most remote islands of Vanuatu. Oxfam had 400 hygiene kits on board ready to give to the worst affected communities on Ambrym Island.

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Meeting the global climate challenge: What would a fair contribution from Australia look like?

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In December, the world will come together to finalise a new global climate agreement. Well before negotiators land in Paris to hammer out the details, countries must announce their provisional targets for the post-2020 period, when the new agreement will take effect.

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Cyclone Pam: the ‘perfect’ storm

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Cyclone Pam is a tragic reminder that least developed countries – who have contributed almost nothing to the problem of climate change – are suffering the devastating consequences of global inaction. The price paid by the people of Vanuatu increased sharply last week. We must stand with them.

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Sendai: why the fight to reduce disaster risk is more important than ever

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Just days after the President of Vanuatu almost broke down as he spoke of the devastation that Tropical Cyclone Pam had inflicted upon his nation, the mood is bittersweet at the closing of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Sendai, Japan.

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Women leading the fight against climate change

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Climate change affects us all, but it often impacts women the hardest. In many parts of the world it tends to be women who grow the family’s food, fetch fuel and water, and bring up the children. It’s women who are most likely to be in harm’s way when disaster strikes. So when clean water becomes harder to find during a drought, or when crops are destroyed by floods, it’s often up to women like Ipaishe to find solutions.

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20–25 typhoons will impact The Philippines every year. Photo: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Disasters are increasing on a global scale

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As natural disasters are increasing globally in both frequency and impact, Oxfam’s work in vulnerable countries like The Philippines has become even more critical. According to the World Bank, every dollar invested in preparing for natural disasters now can save seven dollars in recovery costs in the future.

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Powering up against poverty: coal fired power is not the solution

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Emissions produced from burning coal for power are the single biggest driver of climate change. And climate change is a major threat in the fight against hunger. If Australia truly wishes to help bring low-cost energy to the world and build a bright economic future for itself, it’s time we stopped exporting dirty coal and promoting it as a false solution to poverty.

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2014 the hottest year globally since records began

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Recently NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced 2014 as the hottest year globally since records began. A staggering 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2000. With 2015 set to be a defining year for international action on climate change, it’s now Australia’s turn to step up.

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Multiple typhoons mean farmers in The Phillipines face hunger and poverty

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Estrella is only one among 4,139 rice farmers who have borne the devastation of three typhoons that have torn across the island of Samar in the past thirteen months. This is the third time they’ve lost their crops, and have been left with nothing to harvest.

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The end of UNFCCC COP20 in Peru: What will it take for governments to act?

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After two weeks of splitting hairs over key elements of a new climate treaty at the UN climate talks here in Lima, governments failed once again to put the world on a pathway to keep global warming under control. It is sobering to think that this same process of UN climate negotiations started 20 years ago! What will it take for governments to act?

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Biggest march in Peru in 20 years: thousands demand action against climate change

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With just two days to go at the UN Climate Conference in Lima and in the biggest march in Peru in the last 20 years — thousands of people took to the streets yesterday to demand action against climate change.

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Climate change is not just about the climate, it is about our lives

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As representatives from more than 195 governments around the world come together in Lima, Peru this week to work on drafting a global treaty on climate change, they should heed the words of Peruvian farmer Marisa Marcavillaca: “Climate change is not just about the climate, it is about our lives.”

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Crucial climate negotiations in Lima

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Last weekend activists unveiled a banner at Huaca Pucllana, the site of an ancient pyramid in Lima, Peru ahead of the UN climate conference starting this week. The message to leaders and rich countries like Australia is clear — we must do more.

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How to stop climate change making people hungry

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How can we reduce hunger at the same time that our changing climate is making access to food more difficult for millions around the world? Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke will discuss the challenges we face in Tasmania this November.

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Virginia Ñuñonca, 54, lives in the highlands of Peru. Photo: Percy Ramírez/Oxfam

Ending Hunger. One step at time.

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Climate change is already having an impact on the ability of communities to feed themselves — communities like that of Virginia Ñuñonca, a farmer in the Peruvian highlands. Like many of the world’s more than 500 million family farmers, Virginia is experiencing increased impacts from climate change. Changing seasons and extreme weather are leading to […]

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