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Give a little and change a lot: EJF’s climate refugees campaign joins The Big Give Christmas Challenge
We are delighted to announce that EJF’s No Place Like Home campaign has been accepted for The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012.
What’s The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012?
It’s an exciting annual match funding event from 6th-8th December 2012 that we hope will raise £20,000 to help take EJF’s No Place Like Home campaign to the next level in securing legal recognition and protection for climate refugees.
In order to achieve this we aim to raise £10,000 through online donations in December and these will then be matched by a further £10,000.
What will you do with it?
Climate change is fundamentally an issue of environmental justice. The fifty Least Developed Countries (LDCs) contribute less than one percent of world carbon dioxide emissions, yet are feeling the impacts first and worst.
Did you know:
- The housing sector typically experiences the most tangible impacts of climate hazards, and single events are capable of causing widespread devastation. For example, Cyclone Sidr, which hit Bangladesh in 2007, damaged or destroyed 1.5 million homes.
- Last year, weather-related disasters, such as floods and storms, displaced 13.8 million people worldwide.
- This October, more than 33,000 homes were flooded, damaged or destroyed in Cuba and Haiti by Hurricane Sandy. Even the US, one of the world’s most developed countries, was badly affected and some 40,000 people were made homeless in New York City alone.
Watch the film to hear the stories of climate refugees around the world.
EJF’s No Place Like Home campaign works to secure international legal recognition and protection for climate refugees – people who currently derive no protection from existing international refugee laws.
EJF is dedicated to arguing their case: calling on world leaders for a new agreement on climate refugees, one that guarantees them rights, assistance and a fair claim to our shared world.
We know giving a little can change a lot, and this December we would be delighted if you will join our Christmas Challenge by committing to making an online donation on the 6th-8th December 2012.
Your donation will help us to continue to work with local partners in some of the most climate vulnerable countries and to work with world leaders to find sustainable solutions to climate change that both protect the environment and defend human rights.
Make a donation online via the Big Give
Find out more about the No Place Like Home campaign
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