Mako is holding her child in a dust bowl landscape
Mako is holding her child in a dust bowl landscape

The drought is real. We are affected by it now.”

Mako is farming in Ethiopia

Fight against climate change

Climate change is affecting millions of the world's poorest people, right now

More frequent and extreme weather – such as storms and droughts – are destroying homes, and wrecking lives and livelihoods. What’s more, the world’s poorest people have done the least to cause it.

Over recent decades there’s been huge progress in the fight against poverty. But climate change is threatening to reverse this progress. In fact, Oxfam believes that the climate emergency is the biggest, most urgent threat to the fight against poverty.

It is an injustice that can and must be stopped.

Pablo Tosco/Oxfam Intermon

Now our children are in school here, and we feel like our life is starting again here.”

Amina is starting over in Ethiopia

We're supporting communities better prepare for and adapt to climate impacts they’re feeling now.”

Kiri Hanks, Oxfam GB Campaigns team

Climate change


people a year were internally displaced by climate change in the past 10 years


The richest 10 percent of people in the world produce around half of global emissions. The poorest half of the world’s population - 3.5 billion people - is responsible for just 10 percent of carbon emissions.


The number of climate-related disasters has tripled in 30 years. By the 2030s, large parts of Southern, Eastern and the Horn of Africa and South and East Asia will experience greater exposure to droughts, floods and tropical storms.

What do Oxfam climate change campaigns do?

  • Oxfam is a member of the climate coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change
  • We push big emitters to stop contributing to the problem and live up to their commitments to fund solutions
  • Every year Oxfam runs #SecondHandSeptember asking people to say less to new items of clothing and shop in charity shops

Leaders promised that they would provide 100bn a year by 2020 in financial assistance from higher-income to low-income countries. We track that every couple of years and lift the lid on where it’s going. We ask - is it benefitting the people it’s meant to benefit?

In Zimbabwe rains used to come regularly, people used to name the rains every year.

They’ve stopped doing that because the rains come late or there’s a little trickle then there are dry spells.

Farmers are left guessing about when they can plant. They’re also having to shift away from crops that they’re very used to growing - like maize, to newer, smaller grains.

We work with small-scale farmers to help them have access to drought-resistant seeds. Seeds that are locally adapted.

We could say it’s the same fight. Fighting climate change and fighting poverty. Because it’s the people who are already vulnerable who are going to be worse and who are being affected first and worst by climate change. You know, if you’re one of the 70% of farmers that relies on rains to grow their crop or if you have no insurance  to fall back on or no savings and especially if you are a woman and maybe you don’t own your land and you can’t do any farming based on investment – it's vulnerable people who are facing the brunt of climate change.

The drought is real. We are affected by it now.”

Mako is farming in Ethiopia