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“I believe in the power of people.”

Climate change effects poor communities the most

A message from Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, on the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change.

We must help people adapt, but we must also be more ambitious on cutting climate emissions urges Winnie Byanyima at a recent address in Paris during the CoP21 climate negotiations. Watch Winnie’s address now.

Touching on her personal experiences as a child collecting water and firewood in Uganda, Winnie highlights the ongoing vulnerability and challenges facing our brothers and sisters in Uganda, the Pacific, the coastal regions of Bangladesh, and elsewhere.

“We can’t close our ears to [these communities],” says Winnie. “This is about their very survival.”

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“Let’s build a human economy. We must do it for our children and for our grandchildren.”

“We must.

“We can.

“And we will.”