Campaign for Australian Aid: we can’t make poverty history unless we make carbon pollution history
From this Friday, 27 November, tens of thousands of Australians will stand alongside one another in what will be the largest climate march ever – the People’s Climate March.
Meanwhile, world leaders will gather in Paris for the United Nations climate summit to discuss a global agreement that has the potential to stop catastrophic climate change.
Campaign for Australian Aid, the largest coalition of Australian International Development NGOs in history, is using the march to drive home the link between climate change and poverty.
“It’s simple: we can’t make poverty history unless we also make carbon pollution history,” said Campaign Director for the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne.
“The long-term threat posed by climate change is serious. The world is facing the hottest decade on record and people living in poverty are being hurt first and hardest. The World Bank is warning that the impacts of climate change could drive 100 million people into extreme poverty.”
The People’s Climate March will take place from Friday, 27 November through to Sunday, November 29 with events being held in each city. The colour red will be worn by those marching with Campaign for Australian Aid to represent people living in poverty who are facing the impacts of climate change.
“The commitments made so far are encouraging and signify progress, but they’re not enough to stop disastrous climate change – they jeopardise the goal of eradicating poverty by 2030. The government can’t afford to stall on this issue any longer: we need our nation’s leaders to act on climate change now.”
If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133.
About Campaign for Australian Aid
The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups.