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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.

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 
Gideon Mendel/Oxfam

In Bangladesh

To capture the scale of climate change, Gideon Mendel has been photographing survivors in the deep floodwaters engulfing their communities. 

Lipi and Zeyda live on a char - a floating island - in Bangladesh's Jamuna River. 

Their village regularly floods, but they can't afford to move to a safer area.

Donate to our south Asia floods appeal 
Philip Hatcher-Moore/Oxfam

In natural disasters

When Shaud's home in Zimbabwe flooded in the wake of Cyclone Idai, the water quickly rose washing away most of her family's belongings, cracking the walls and floors in their home.

"We lost everything," she says.

The floods also destroyed her entire crop, the family's only source of income.

"I have lost all hope. We don't know where to begin to fix all this."

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 our emergency letter to Boris Johnson

We're writing to Boris Johnson urging him to make the climate emergency his top priority. Will you join us and add your name to our letter?

Sign the letter