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Campaigns Blog - Climate Justice

The latest on our climate justice campaign.


Reflections on climate change from Bolivia

A woman stands in front of a mountain range in Bolivia

Short-term fixes aren't enough - we must campaign against climate change, says Elizabeth Peredo Beltran.

Global emergency

Making no sense if God doesn’t exist

Candles in a cross shape

This month’s fast for the climate post comes via the blog of Dr Ruth Valerio - a community activist, Christian, academic, eco-warrior, mum, author, mum and veg grower.

Pray and fast

A visit to Ethiopia brings home why we must tackle climate change

Landscape in Ethiopia showing the effects of climate change

We must all take action to combat climate change - we owe it to those who suffer the consequences of our lifestyles.


Join our tax and climate campaigns in 2015

One Million Ways inside a red and orange design

We need your support to achieve our campaign aims! Find out how to get involved.

Join us

A look back at COP20

Campaign stunt involving chocolate coins

Despite pressure from climate campaigners, UN talks in Peru ended without much real progress having been made. Now we must step up the pressure on world leaders to act in December 2015.

Climate change

Our climate finance chants have been heard in Lima

Deliver climate finance

Our campaigners have been in full swing at the UN climate talks in Peru. We are calling on world leaders to take bold action on climate change as part of our international campaign.

Funding for the poor

COP20 - calling for a fair and ambitious global climate deal

People gather for the Fast for the Climate vigil

As the UN climate talks begin in Lima, we outline what we hope to achieve to help the world's poorest deal with the effects of climate change.

Ambitious deal

Fasting not feasting

A woman holding a sign which says 'We #fast for the climate'

This month marks a year since the fast for the climate movement was born. Claire Jones reflects on what helps her beat the hunger pangs each time.

A poignant anniversary

Our faith for the climate

A woman holding a sign which says 'We #fast for the climate'

Words of encouragement as you fast - plus a special service on 1 November launches the Pray and Fast for the Climate movement.

A crucial year

Solidarity to fight climate change

Voltaire Alferez

20 October 2014: Voltaire Alferez, environmental campaigner from the Philippines, reflects on the Hunger for Justice weekend.

A battle we will win

Fast for the climate: marching towards hope

Activists holding Fast for the Climate banners

1 October 2014: What a month for global action on climate change! On 21 September we were part of the world’s largest ever climate march. Pray and fast with us this month.

Pray and fast with us

We marched, they listened

Campaigners taking part in the climate march in London

24 September 2014: Thousands of people took part in a global march last weekend, demanding action on climate change. We look back on the event and tell you how you can keep up the pressure on politicians in coming weeks.

Political priority

10,000 and counting

10k spelled out in action cards

September 2014: Join us in a weekend of prayer and action on 18-19 October and put pressure on all political parties to commit to tackling climate change.

Hunger for Justice

Climate Summit in New York

A woman holding a sign which says 'We #fast for the climate'

September 2014: This month, as well as fasting, we're asking you to join with others across the globe writing to our leaders to demand action at the Climate Summit in New York.

Fast for the climate

Bella’s getting involved in Hunger for Justice


4 July 2014: Volunteer Bella explains why she's so excited to be part of the global movement to tackle climate change, and asks you to join her.

Get involved

Discover our new climate change resources

A woman holding a sign which says 'We #fast for the climate'

1 July 2014: An update on positive developments in the pursuit of climate justice, plus some new resources to increase pressure on leaders to act.

Demand action

Why I fast for the climate every month

A woman holding a sign which says 'We #fast for the climate'

12 June 2014: Sarah Rowe talks about her experience of fasting for the climate, its spiritual significance and the impact it could have politically if more people join in the movement.

An act of solidarity

May climate fast prayer

Coconut trees devastated by Typhoon Haiyan

1 May 2014: Read our prayer for this month’s fast.

Pray with us

What’s climate change got to do with the EU?

Climate justice now

16 April 2014: MEPs can put pressure on European Union member states to set ambitious targets for cutting carbon - but they need you to tell them it matters.

Setting an example

Why we must campaign for a greener future

Become a Christian Aid campaigner

27 March 2014: Supporter Jo Chamberlain tells us why she campaigns for Christian Aid and considers how we can have a greener future by making sure our pensions and shares are invested responsibly.

Investing responsibly

Synod takes a stand on climate change

Flooding in Kenya

13 February 2014: The Church of England General Synod has agreed to strengthen its position on climate change and create a Working Group on the Environment.

Protecting the planet

Ask Cameron and Clegg for climate action in Europe

Boy sits in the desert

We need Europe to get serious about climate change, and now! The coming weeks are a crucial time for tackling climate change.

Act now

Ed Davey MP responds to your climate campaign messages

Edward Davey MP

10 January 2014 - The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change provides a detailed response to Christian Aid campaigners.

Global issue

A moving message from Yeb Saño

Yeb Sano among a crowd of people

9 January 2014 - Yeb Saño writes a heartfelt letter to thank Christian Aid supporters for fasting and praying for climate action.

Gratitude for your support

Tackling climate change – what next?

People carrying climate justice placards

Vote for the campaign you think has the most potential to bring about lasting change in the climate justice debate.

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COP 19: it's time for climate justice

COP 19 campaigners ask 'Where is the finance?'

The United Nations climate talks may have dented our hopes, but I was overwhelmed by the sense of solidarity and desire for action.

Climate justice

Fasting for climate change progress

Yeb Sano among a crowd of people

18 November 2013 - Frances Witt reports from Warsaw, where the COP 19 climate talks are happening, about how fasting could help progress climate negotiations.

Influencing climate agenda

World Bank says no to dirty coal projects

World Bank fossil fuel protest

12 September 2013 - New World Bank announcement signals a move away from funding dirty fossil fuel projects in developing countries.

Fossil fuels

Energy Bill fails to deliver

Climate justice now

24 June 2013 - Amendment to introduce a clean energy target is lost, but the fight for climate justice continues.

All is not lost

Energy Bill could be key to a low carbon future

A climate change placard, with the Houses of Parliament in the background

Ask your MP to support a more ambitious energy bill with a target to reduce carbon emissions for the UK power sector to near-zero by 2030.

Email your MP

Sign our Christmas card to David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron with huskies in the Arctic

Remind the prime minister to keep his promise to make this the greenest government ever and tackle climate change in 2013.

How you can help

Climate Qatar-strophe in Doha

The UN climate change conference logo

11 December: the UN climate talks end with a weak deal but Christian Aid's campaign for climate justice continues.

Doha roundup

The wedding of the year: COP18 and Science exchange vows

A man and woman dressed as a bride and groom in a campaign stunt, surrounded by the media

6 December: a 'Science' bride and a 'COP18' groom wed in a campaign stunt amid calls for meaningful political action to tackle climate change.

Campaign stunt

Marching in Doha for climate justice

A group of people holding a Time for Climate Justice banner

3 December: campaigners hold a march as they call on rich countries to fulfil their promises and deliver climate finance to poorer communities.

Campaigners work together

Climate talks kick off in Doha, Qatar

Climate change banner

29 November: first impressions from world leaders' climate talks in Qatar.

Negotiations under way

Green is working

A white shirt with a green tie

The green economy is growing, but certain proposals could undermine this growth and the 2008 Climate Change Act.

How you can help

Support strong action at the Earth Summit

Rio Connection

28 May - Join us and the Stop Climate Chaos coalition to celebrate the progress we have made and call for greater action on climate change.

Act now!

'Greenest government ever': are we really still waiting for mandatory reporting?


4 Apr - We were promised the "greenest government ever" - and we told them that the world's poor were depending on it. But the Coalition's delays on making emissions reporting mandatory for UK business is threatening to undo all its good words. Email the enivronment secretary, Caroline Spelman, now, and urge her to reaffirm the government's green commitment.

Act now!

Going the extra mile for climate justice

Cat and Moses

27 Mar - Christian Aid interns Moses Tutesigensi and Catherine Garsed today completed an epic endurance challenge from Edinburgh to London in support of climate justice.

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Guatemala, climate change and tax dodging - Juan's story


6 Mar - At seven years old, Juan already has first-hand experience of how climate change and tax dodging keep people poor in Guatemala.


What David Cameron must do for the world's poorest in June

David Cameron

6 Mar - We’re calling on David Cameron to show global leadership on poverty when world leaders meet at the G20 summit in Mexico this June.


New airport proposal could see 'greenest government ever' pledge go up in smoke


20 Jan - The Boris Island airport proposals could ring the death knell for David Cameron's promised 'greenest government ever.' Clare Groves explains.


Durban disappointment - the fight goes on

Time for Climate Justice banner

11 Dec - The UN climate talks went into overtime with countries negotiating late into Saturday night, but sadly the outcome is very disappointing.


EU may kiss the bride!

Kyoto & EU for ever

8 Dec - Today Time for Climate Justice campaigners called on the EU to say ‘I do’ to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol at COP17 - and staged a wedding to give them a hint.


'Vampire' countries told to stop sucking Kyoto dry

'Vampire' countries sucking Kyoto Protocol dry

The UN climate talks in Durban are now truly underway and the actions of some countries have been deeply disturbing. Like vampires, they are sucking the life out of the Kyoto Protocol.

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Durban update: rich countries must deliver climate finance

Campaigners call for climate finance

6 Dec - It's the final week of negotiations at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa, and the conference centre is buzzing as ministers and head of states begin to arrive.

Climate finance

'We did not come here to shop!'

Climate justice campaigner

5 Dec - In marked contrast to the sluggish progress of negotiations at the UN climate change talks over the past week, energy levels among demonstrators at Saturday's global day of action were high.


Kyoto: an SOS to the world

Kyoto stunt

29 Nov - The Kyoto protocol is the only legally binding treaty for cutting carbon emissions. That's why campaigners got their sea legs today and sent out an SOS to stop it from sinking.


Climate justice rally kicks off Durban talks

Durban rally

28 Nov - Christian Aid staff and partners are among thousands of delegates from across the world who have descended on Durban, South Africa, for the United Nations climate change talks that begin today.


Climate carollers give Huhne a seasonal send-off

Huhne carols

22 Nov - On the eve of the UN climate talks, our Stop Climate Chaos choir popped down with a musical reminder for the UK's man in Durban, energy secretary Chris Huhne.

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The road to Durban

Carvan of hope

17 Nov - The Caravan of Hope is headed for the Durban climate talks, travelling more than 4,000 miles through 10 countries, stopping off for climate marches, petition signings and rallies.

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Shadow ministers: 'gifts' to remember the world's poor

Christian Aid campaigns team stand in front of Westminster with 'gifts' for new shadow secretaries

14 Nov - Today, Christian Aid welcomed two new members of the Shadow Cabinet with 'gifts' reminding them to prioritise the world's poor as they begin their new roles.

'Gifts' for new ministers

New climate campaign launches at Greenbelt 2011

Rainbow at the Greenbelt festival 2011

30 Aug - This weekend the Christian Aid campaigns team took to a field in Cheltenham to launch our new climate change campaign at the Greenbelt festival.

Climate campaign

Climate consultation closes

Boy sits in the desert

15 Jul - Thank you to everyone who responded to the government's mandatory reporting consultation. The consultation has now closed and we're waiting for the government to make its decision.

Thank you

MEPs reject 30% emissions cuts

Christian Aid lobbies Daniel Hannan MEP, Winchester, South East

6 Jul - MEPs have rejected a raise in the level of EU emissions cuts from 20% to 30%, by 2020. Find out where the vote faltered and what we're planning next.

EU emissions vote

MPs tell World Bank to clean up its act

World Bank protestors

29 Jun - MPs have demanded that UK funding for World Bank aid programmes should be withheld if the Bank does not stop financing new dirty coal power stations in developing countries.

Funding threat

Future of the planet interrupted for lunch

Climate justice

5 July - Latest update on our urgent campaign action urging UK MEPs to vote for a tougher EU target on carbon emissions cuts.

Latest update

Eastenders talk climate with Hackney MP

Lobbying Meg Hillier

16 Jun - Local staff and volunteers met Hackney MP and shadow climate change secretary, Meg Hillier, to ask for support for our climate justice campaign. It was a good morning's work, says Julian Boys.

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Playing for time while the planet heats up

Mohamed Adow

9 Jun - UN climate talks resumed in Bonn this week. And while we might have talks fatigue, Christian Aid acknowledges that they are crucial to sealing a climate deal that will put poor people first.

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More climate talks? Yes, and they're crucial

Flooding in Kenya

8 Jun - UN climate talks resumed in Bonn this week. And while we might have talks fatigue, Christian Aid acknowledges that they are crucial to sealing a climate deal that will put poor people first.

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Back on the road to Rio

Woman in drought-hit Kenya

2 Jun - In 12 months, world leaders will again meet in Brazil to formulate the global response to our growing climate crisis. Alison Doig, Christian Aid's senior climate change adviser, lays out the challenge for the year leading up to Rio+20.

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Huhne hears our climate requests

Chris Huhne

26 May - Clare Groves wound down Christian Aid Week in style, meeting Chris Huhne in his Hampshire constituency. And best of all, she heard some promising noises from the energy and climate change secretary.

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Puma leads the way on carbon reporting

Puma Vision headquarters (photo courtesy of puma.com, source: rr-fotoreporter)

23 May - Puma announced a world-first this month: the company will report on the environmental impact of its whole operation. Laura Trevelyan tells us why she's impressed.

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Campaign success as government announces new climate change targets

UK Prime Minister David Cameron

17 May - Thank you for responding so quickly to last week's emergency email. Sarah Whittington looks at how the pressure from you has made a real difference.

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Hungry for Justice this Christian Aid Week

Climate justice now

13 May - Worrying reports in the press this week suggest divisions within the coalition government over their climate change commitments. Sarah Whittington looks at what this could mean for the world's poor.

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Forget fossil fuels - the poor need a clean future!

No World Bank Loan

9 May - The World Bank has scaled back some of its fossil-fuel investment - but the world's poor need it to make a clean break. Clare Groves introduces the next crucial stage of our campaign.

Act now!

World Bank & fossil fuels: the movie

World Bank animation

9 May - We've put together a short animated film to explain our campaign to get the World Bank out of fossil fuels. View it here - and share it on Twitter and Facebook.

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Fossil-fuel chain gang makes Bank deposit

Fossil fuel chain gang

6 Apr - Our chain gang's been in action again, dropping off thousands more messages to development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, urging him to help get the World Bank out of fossil-fuel loans.

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Bank bonus for climate campaign

No to World Bank Fossil Fool Loan

4 Apr - Fantastic news! The World Bank is planning to limit its funding for fossil-fuel power. It's reason to celebrate, says Sarah Whittington - but it's just a start.

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The Big Climate Reconnection

SCC Coalition

31 Mar - Join the Stop Climate Chaos Big Climate Reconnection as we lobby our MPs for action. Clare Groves explains.

Join in!

Don't blue and yellow make green?

Factory chimneys

24 Mar - Clare Groves explains how you can help the government deliver on the PM's vision that it would be the greenest ever.

Act now!

World Bank Global Day of Action

World Bank Day of Action

1 Mar - Christian Aid joins forces with campaigners around the world and calling on the World Bank to 'free us from fossil fuels'. View video, photos and more from the day.

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Christian Aid and the World Bank

Drop the Debt campaigners, 1998

11 Feb - Christian Aid has a long and interesting history with the World Bank. For years it was the focus of our debt and trade campaigns. Now our climate campaign has brought us back together.

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Why Andrew Mitchell?

Andrew Mitchell at 20 October Supporter Day

26 Jan - Development secretary Andrew Mitchell has a key role in our World Bank campaign - and he's already made some encouraging noises. Sarah Whittington explains.

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Business time for carbon reporting?

Factory and truck

19 Jan - BAA and National Grid among big business signatures on our letter calling for mandatory carbon reports. All we need now, says Laura Trevelyan, is the political will.

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Why the World Bank is next

No World Bank Loan

17 Jan - For our climate justice campaign it's a case of new year, a new tactic. Sarah Whittington explains why we're targeting the World Bank.

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Caravan of Hope

Carvan of hope

This November, we joined the Trans African Climate Caravan of Hope, a 4000 mile campaigning journey through 10 countries in Africa to demand climate justice before the COP 17 in Durban, South Africa.

The journey

Low-carbon Africa: Leapfrogging to a green future

Working by light

It is possible to lift Africa out of energy poverty without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, new report shows.

Read our report

The year ahead


11 Jan - We've a feeling 2011's going to be another good one! Campaign manager Helen Collinson runs through what's in store for our tax and climate campaigns.


Back on track, but a long way still to go

Time for Climate Justice banner

13 Dec - After two long weeks of negotiations between world leaders, and relentless campaigning by charities and NGOs around the globe, agreement has finally been reached at the climate change talks in Cancun.

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Japan – Don’t kill the Kyoto Protocol

Climate santa stunt

10 Dec - Today, the last day of the UN climate talks in Cancun, Christian Aid teamed up with the Stop Climate Chaos coalition to urge the Japanese Government to commit to the second period of the Kyoto Protocol.

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Time for climate justice, time for courage

Time for Climate Justice banner

8 Dec - All eyes on rich countries as Cancun talks enter make-your-mind-up stage. Rachel Baird talks to senior climate adviser, Sol Oyuela.

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Huhne - you're needed in Cancun!

Chris Huhne

8 Dec - UK energy and climate change secretary, Chris Huhne, has a vital role to play in Cancun - but the government is poised to recall him to shore up vote on tuition fees.

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We love Kyoto

We love Kyoto

7 Dec - At the start of week two, all the talk in Cancun is about a city halfway round the world. Sarah Whittington explains the length some have gone to declare their love for Kyoto and its pivotal protocol.

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Cancun talks off to a slow start

Rachel Baird

1 Dec - At the UN talks in Cancun, delegates appear resigned to the idea that reaching an effective and just global agreement on climate change is going to take years. That's longer than we've got, writes Rachel Baird.

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Reporting emissions makes business sense, says government

Cooling towers

1 Dec - The UK government has published a paper saying reporting greenhouse gas emissions makes good business sense. All we need now is the political will from the government to put it into law.

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We'll be demanding climate justice in Cancun

The Wave

24 Nov - After rich countries failed to make any progress on climate justice in Copenhagen, we'll be regrouping with our allies from around the world in Cancun. Sarah Whittington, who'll be there, explains.

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Ask your MP to back mandatory carbon reporting

Climate change banner

22 Nov - We're supporting WWF and the Cooperative Bank's petition of MPs to introduce mandatory carbon reporting. Ask your MP to back the motion.

Get involved

Let them eat ice cream

Laura Trevelyan

16 Nov - Jonathan Porritt had an interesting article in the Guardian yesterday titled ‘Unilever's trailblazing environmental plan’ - Christian Aid's Laura Trevelyan responds.

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Caroline Spelman - it's business time!

Caroline Spelman action hand-in

11 Nov - This morning we dressed up in our business best to hand in 15,000 actions to environment secretary, Caroline Spelman MP, calling for the introduction of mandatory reporting of carbon emissions by all UK-listed companies.

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Join the Big Climate Connection

SCC Coalition

3 Nov - If you didn’t manage to lobby your MP at Christian Aid’s Supporter Day, here’s another great opportunity to speak to your MP about crucial climate change issues.

Get involved!

Introducing Clare Groves

Clare Groves

29 Oct - Clare looks back on a breathless introduction to our campaigns team and your incredible feedback following our (if we do say so ourselves!) fantastic 20 October Supporter Day.

Meet Clare

Here we go! Our Supporter Day is here!

Wrapping up St Martin's in the Bullring in white fabric.

19 Oct - It’s been a long and winding road. Nine months of painstaking planning (and replanning). But finally our big Supporter Day is here!

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Not long now

07 October 2010: With 20 October just around the corner, Alasdair Roxburgh tells us what's going on behind the scenes and reflects on the enormity of what our supporter day could achieve.

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Power to the poor

21 Sep – Sarah Whittington discusses how we bring power to the poor.

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Tool up for climate justice

Great Persuasion

8 Sep - As Laura Trevelyan unveils our brilliant new campaign pack, we already have a fresh opportunity for you to speak out for climate justice.

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Placards - putting the pain into campaigning

Climate justice now

26 Aug - Laura Trevelyan on the campaigner's No1 occupational hazard.

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Taking the campaign straight to the PM

David Cameron

23 Aug - Laura Trevelyan salutes a campaigner who seized the moment when she met the PM.

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Are the government about to do a coal u-turn?

Coal kills

18 Aug - A coalition u-turn on coal-fuelled power stations would raise serious questions about the government's green credentials, says Laura Trevelyan.

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Meet Laura Trevelyan, campaigns officer and Parliamentary lobbyist at Christian Aid

Laura Trevelyan

30 Jul - Over the next couple of months, Laura will be organising our lobby of Parliament on 20 October. And she'd love to see you there!

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A Climate of Politics

Greg Barker

In July 2010, Christian Aid joined forces with the Institute for Public Policy Research and WWF to host A Climate of Politics, a series of talks on the international politics of climate change. Watch interviews with some of the key speakers.

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The global campaign for climate justice

Climate campaigners in Delhi

Our campaign for climate justice has become a truly global movement. Find out about action taking place across the world.

Join us

Climate Change Act: our amazing victory

Marchers with Cut the Carbon hand

Your support helped us win all our key demands

Climate bill victory

Scotland passes world-beating climate act

Cooling towers

In June, the Scottish parliament passed a law that commits Scotland to the world's most ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets.

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Great Persuasion 16-18 October 2009

Great Persuasion

Christian Aid campaigners met MPs and parliamentary candidates up and down the country between 16-18 October to call for action on poverty and climate change.

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Climate Change Day of Action, Coventry

Coal kills

Hundreds of campaigners massed in Coventry to demand climate justice on 19 March.

Add your voice

Campaign victory: E.ON delays Kingsnorth

Mass Visual Trespass, Ironbridge power station

Christian Aid celebrated a huge campaign victory in October when energy giant E.ON announced it had put its Kingsnorth plans on ice.

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Japan: Don't burn the planet!

Placards outside Japanese embassy

Countdown to Copenhagen campaigners acted swiftly after news of Japan's woefully inadequate emissions targets.

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