Humana People to People at COP 26

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The COP26 conference in Glasgow has highlighted the frightening facts about the effects of Climate Change.

Millions of people in the developing world are suffering because of Climate Change. The lack of rain causes severe drought, leading to the crops dying and the rivers turning into sand banks. When the rain does come it is so heavy that it causes floods and mud slides leading to the destruction of the harvest.

Every day we get more reports, and it is so frustrating to see how the poor are suffering. What on earth can they do about climate change when their daily struggle is fighting for survival!!

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets, not only in Glasgow, but around the world to call the richest countries to account for producing 80% of the CO2 released into the atmosphere.

‘You must act now! Our people are dying, seawater is rising and destroying our livelihoods. Stop supporting fossil fuels. ACT NOW! ‘

Many groups around the world are getting together to start different initiatives. While this is promising, governments, large companies and big finance institutions must stop finding loopholes and start working together to achieve significant cuts in CO2 emissions to ensure the rising temperature remains under 1.5°. This challenge is the biggest that humanity has ever faced.

Humana People to People ,of which Planet Aid UK is the British member, is attending COP26.

Humana People to People has acted upon climate change for many years and have gained a lot of knowledge about sustainable farming in the developing world.

Our organisation is presenting the program:

Resilience building as climate change adaptation in drought-struck south-western African communities, Angola and Namibia, 2021 – 2027’- (ADSWAC). Funded by the Adaptation Fund, and in partnership with the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) the 5-year project is expected to officially start in November 2021.

The western part of southern Africa is one of the most hard-hit regions by climate change impacts. The ADSWAC project is implemented in a consortium, which has OSS as the legally recognised implementor, and ADPP Angola and DAPP Namibia are executing entities according to the contractual agreement with the funding partner Adaptation Fund.

The project will build resilience among the Angola-Namibia border communities focusing on sustainable farming, water management, climate change awareness raising, organising community-led actions and capacity building of local structures among other activities.

The three main key messages from this project presented at COP26 are:

  • The call for climate adaptation is urgent and must build on the capacities of people living with the effects of climate change.
  • Climate change adaptation and resilience must be created from the ground up, locally led and facilitated by governments and donors.
  • Climate change knows no borders, so neither should our responses.

Thousands of similar projects must be implemented within the next few years, created by the local people and financed by the developed world.