Angus MP Mike Weir has met Christian Aid partners from the Philippines and Bolivia to hear first-hand what it is like to live with the reality of climate change and how it is affecting the world’s poor most acutely.
Mr Weir met Voltaire Alferez, who runs a group of organisations campaigning on climate change in the Philippines, and Elizabeth Peredo, Director of Fundación Solón which campaigns on climate change in Bolivia.
The meetings were part of Christian Aid’s Hunger for Justice weekend, which will see hundreds of events around the country aimed at raising awareness of the need for action to tackle climate change.
Mr Weir heard directly from them on the impact Climate Change was already having on their countries and the difficulties of economic development when it could all be suddenly destroyed, as has happened in the Phillipines with the increasing ferocity of typhoons hitting the islands, leading to direct destruction of infrastructure, erosion of land and salination of land from high seas ruining local agriculture.
Mr Weir said “It was great to meet people from around the world who have to live face to face with a changing climate.
“Climate change is increasingly affecting new parts of the world but it is the world’s poorest people who are suffering the most from it.
“The statistics are sobering enough but the problem is really brought to life when you meet someone who is living with it and can tell you their story.
“Christian Aid is an excellent organisation, working to address the things which cause poverty and make it worse – like climate change.”
Simon Kirkland, Christian Aid’s Parliamentary Adviser, said: “We were very glad that Mike took the time to meet Voltaire and Elizabeth.
“Climate change is a truly global problem with global causes and a global solution. In our ever more interconnected world it is important that our political leaders hear from the people that are affected by our actions.”