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Climate change

Climate crisis

"The drought is real. We are affected by it now."
Mako, Farmer, Ethiopia

The people who have contributed the least to the climate emergency are suffering most.

For many years, with your help, Oxfam has been working alongside the world's poorest communities to help them face the climate crisis head-on.  

In 2016/17, 85,000 people benefited from innovative responses to climate change.

"We can now produce and gather seeds during a flood"

Marta, talking about an Oxfam-funded, flood-resistant farming method in Bolivia.

We’re supporting people to... 

Seeds from Zimbabwe
Shepherd Tozvireva/Oxfam Novib


Helping communities to survive extreme weather disasters - with things like emergency food storage, raised homes and toilets that won't get damaged during floods.

Aisha is one of Docoloha's community health promoters.
Pablo Tosco/Oxfam


Supporting people to find ways to grow food and have enough clean water to drink with things like sustainable water systems and drought resistant seeds.

Oxfam wastesaver
Ryan Witchalls/Oxfam


We can all do more to help - reduce, reuse and recycle wherever we can. And as part of the global movement, let's ask our government to: 

  • Act to deliver net zero emissions in the UK 
  • Increase UK funding for communities on the front lines of the climate crisis 
Take action 

Communities on the front line

Climate change isn't a looming crisis - it's a destructive force affecting thousands of lives right now. And the people who have contributed the least to the climate emergency are suffering most.

Allan Gichigi/Oxfam

In Somaliland

"It's a challenge we are all facing." Says Shukri H. I. Bandare, the Minister of Environment and Rural Development in Somaliland.

Somalia has been suffering a severe drought for years. Droughts in east Africa are becoming more frequent and severe due to climate change. 

"Climate change [has] created huge displacement." Shukri says. 

You can help Oxfam continue to work alongside people like Shukri to provide water via tankers, restore water points, build toilets, promote good hygiene, and offer cash assistance for essentials like food.

Drone shot of Ethiopia
Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

In Ethiopia

"We have been affected by severe drought," says Mako, a farmer in Ethiopia. 

 Ethiopia has long been exposed to harsh effects of climate change. 

"During the rainy season it is a good life, but during drought it is not a good life. We walk for two hours to get water. We lost all our cows due to drought." 

You can help Oxfam in our work to help farmers like Mako diversify their sources of income and grow crops that are more resistant to droughts. 

Donate to our emergency fund 
Cyclone Kenneth
Tommy Trenchard/Oxfam

In natural disasters

"Every year there is some flooding here but not like this. This is so much worse. These rains are like nothing we've ever seen before," Said local Tawab in Mozambique during Cyclone Kenneth.   

Cyclone Idai dumped nearly a year's worth of rain on Mozambique in March 2019, submerging entire villages. This was quickly followed by Cyclone Kenneth - the first time ever that two powerful storms have hit the country so close together. 

Mozambique is the sixth-poorest country in the world according to IMF. It's carbon emissions are 55 times less than US. 

You can help Oxfam respond in emergencies that are being contributed to by climate change. 

Donate to our emergency fund 

What you can do now

Second Hand September
Dunja Opalko/Oxfam

Second Hand September

The textile industry accounts for 8% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions - more than international aviation and shipping combined. Join Second Hand September and pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days.

Take the pledge 

"We're proud that at Oxfam no item of clothing donated goes to landfill," says Oxfam GB's CEO Danny Sriskandarajah.

Climate justice

Start a conversation and show your solidarity

Will you have a conversation with a colleague, friend, family member or fellow activist about the impacts of climate change on the world's poorest people?

  • Make and wear a wristband as a conversation starter
  • Join the conversation about #WhoTakesTheHeat on social media
  • Join our Campaign Network

Sign petition 

The time is now

Urge your MP to act on Climate Change

Parliament has declared a climate emergency. That's a crucial first step. But now it's time for urgent action. Join the conversation and help us push to get the UK government to:

  • Act to deliver net zero emissions in the UK
  • Increase UK funding for communities on the front lines of the climate crisis

Email your MP