Stephen stood in the sea at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton to show support for a global agreement on tackling climate change to be agreed in Paris this December. Together with Christian Aid, CAFOD, Tearfund and Christians on the Left supporters they stood in solidarity with those affected by the impacts of climate change, many of whom are among the world’s poorest people.
Amongst those there was Miguel Magalang, a local councillor from the Philippines and former Christian Aid partner. Miguel spoke about how Typhoon Haiyan devastated his homeland in 2013, and called on world leaders to do all they can to secure an ambitious global climate change agreement this year, for the benefit of the world’s poorest people.
Stephen said, "Climate change is one of the most important issues in today’s world. Already people across the globe are feeling the impacts of climate change, we must act now for their sake. Meeting Miguel brought home the reality of climate change in countries like the Philippines. It is often the world's poorest people who are hit hardest by it despite them doing the least to cause it.
"It was great to join Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund supporters in the sea to stand in solidarity with those who are already feeling the impacts of climate change and show support for an ambitious global agreement to be reached at the UN conference in Paris later this year."
Simon Kirkland, UK Parliamentary Adviser at Christian Aid said, "We are really grateful that Stephen Timms took time out during the conference to stand in solidarity with the world’s poorest people who are being affected by climate change. The conference in Paris later this year is a key opportunity for us to make a significant step towards a cleaner future. This could help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people, helping end the climate change that pushes people deeper into poverty. As world leaders prepare their contributions to the global climate agreement, politicians from all political parties need to lead the way to a fair and ambitious agreement."
Neil Thorns, Head of Advocacy and Education at CAFOD, said, “We won’t eradicate extreme poverty until we tackle climate change, so politicians must take concrete action to cut carbon emissions and enable developing countries to developing a clean and sustainable way.”
Tearfund’s Advocacy Director Paul Cook added, “It has been brilliant to see some of our politicians turning out to show support for the environment as the world gears up for Paris. Over the next few months, we must maintain this momentum to deliver a historic agreement.”
In the run up to Paris, there are lots of activities happening to push for a fair and ambitious climate agreement. To find one near you, go to fortheloveof.org.uk/paris-cop-events-uk/