Climate change is already costing lives and making poor people hungry. It is happening now, contributing to storms, floods, droughts and shifting weather patterns that cause unpredictable growing seasons, crop failures, and food price spikes.
These changes make it harder for the poorest and most vulnerable people to grow and access enough nutritious food. By 2050, there could be an extra 25 million malnourished children under the age of five because of climate change.
And the cost of climate change only rises with each passing year. A recent Oxfam report found that, since global leaders last met to discuss climate change five years ago in Copenhagen, climate-related disasters have cost the world almost half a trillion dollars, making those years among the most expensive on record. More than 650 million people have been affected and more than 112,000 lives have been lost.
But this is not inevitable.
On September 21, the People's Climate March brought together hundreds of thousands of people in New York City and around the world to demand that government and business leaders take bold action before the UN climate meeting in Paris at the end of 2015.
Join us to help challenge government and business leaders to do more to stop climate change from making people hungry.
Oxfam and its local partners are ready to respond to Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Typhoon Ompong, if needed. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council estimates that 4.3 million people live in the projected path of this destructive storm.
As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Southeastern coast of the US, more than a million people are under mandatory evacuation orders. Oxfam is closely monitoring the path and impact of Florence, and will be making a determination about where resources could make the most helpful impact for those affected.