Sarah sits by the water at Nyanyadzi river, Chimanimani, Zimbabwe
Sarah sits by the water at Nyanyadzi river, Chimanimani, Zimbabwe

Climate change

Climate change is threatening humankind and pushing people into poverty. But you can take action. Join us and hold our governments to account. Call for a greener, fairer future now.

Why we're calling for climate justice

While the climate crisis is affecting us all, it’s hitting some communities worse. And it’s the people who’ve done the least to cause it who are impacted the most.

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Call for action

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It’s an injustice that ability to cope with the climate crisis is based on where you live. On what resources are available to you.

Everyone deserves a fair chance to adapt to climate change. But right now, many rural and indigenous communities around the world rely heavily on natural resources. These resources are hit by the rapidly changing climate – crops aren’t growing, and rain isn’t falling.

Amina looks at the sky in Ethiopia

Call for community support

"I can tell you there is a lack of rainfall and it is a lot hotter climate now," says Amina. We work with people hit by climate disasters, like Amina. So they can protect themselves and stay safe for the future.

Birhan with leafy greens in the ground

Call for Climate adaptation

"We used to eat only shiro [chickpea stew], now we have vegetables whenever we want," says Birhan. Drought-resistant seeds. Reinforced homes. Training on how to grow new crops. Innovations like these mean the people like Birhan, most at risk from the effects of climate change, can carry on living, earning and learning, whatever the future brings.

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Call for Holding governments to account

"If the Government improves the water distribution through the canals and the drainage system, our lives would greatly improve," says Muhammed, who did advocacy training with Oxfam.

Irrigation for the future

In Nyanyadzi, Zimbabwe, farmers are challenged by climate change. They face repeated droughts and flash floods threatening harvest and crops.

With the United Nations Development Programme and the Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources, Oxfam supported people to build gabions, which act as silt traps, and rehabilitate the irrigation scheme with the farmers of Nyanyadzi.

The Nyanyadzi river feeds a gravity-powered irrigation scheme. It is regulated by gates to control the water flow. More than 400 hectares of fields are irrigated, reaching over 720 farmers.

Fighting for climate justice

A lot has changed since I started farming. The rain now comes late. There is not enough water.”

Sarah in Zimbabwe.

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