Durban 2011: HungerFree, the fight against world hunger and climate change runs on the web

Due to climate change, the number of hungry people will increase, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. ActioAid's appeal to the great of the Earth gathered in Durban

He is about to end up run over, his mother saves him

By the end of this year they will be over 1 billion people in the world who will suffer from hunger. It was to sound the alarm ActionAid, who on the occasion of the, underlined how climate change could jeopardize others 50 million people by 2020. The hardest hit, as it is easy to guess, would be small farmers, most of whom are women, due to the growing drought that has hit East Africa.

The second day of the work in Durban 2011 therefore opens with this sad certainty. Most African countries take a big risk. According to ActionAid, in fact, in some countries the yields related to rain crops could be halved by 2020, in less than ten years, due to the consequences related to climate changes. But that is not all. By 2050, according to estimates provided by the World Food Program, the number of people at risk of hunger due to climate change is set to increase since 10 to 20%. And sub-Saharan Africa risks being the worst affected area.

For this, it is necessary to move quickly in order to avoid such a possibility that has become concrete. And the new campaign of ActionAid, HungerFREE, has precisely this purpose: to raise public awareness on the problem, on the other hand pushing the great of the Earth gathered for the next two weeks in South Africa, to take steps to tackle this imminent problem.

Also in the course of previous climate conferences, such as that of Copenhagen, developed countries will accept the allocation of 100 billion dollars to be allocated each year until 2020 to support developing countries in tackling the climate crisis. Resources would be a big help to impoverished farmers, through the adoption and use of new sustainable agricultural techniques, able to secure them in negative periods or situations, such as floods or even droughts. But such investments could even ensure safety in the event of natural disasters, making hospitals and schools more robust. However, there has been little progress since 2009.

And even less the promises kept. Yet, according to ActionAid, it would not be difficult to find these 100 billion per year that could save human lives and the environment, starting with a small tassa about financial transactions fuel or on ships and planes. A winning approach, according to Actionaid, in the field ofUNFCCC would therefore be the decision to tax the shipment of pollutants and the aeronautical industries: "The emissions from these two industries produce about 8% of the global emissions of greenhouse gases, and their emissions are growing rapidly. A modest tax on the fuel of these sectors could already generate 40 billion euros a year ”.

And Actionaid's invitation can only go through the website. Spread the word, bring to the fore the fact that climate change can increase the number of people suffering from hunger, within a few years. So why not tell your friends by sharing the Actionaid video on Facebook and Twitter? And what would you like to say to our representatives present at Durban? What proposals to implement to save the planet and human lives?

You want to know the places most at risk on the planet? Here they are marked on this map. We hope that thanks to the decisions taken in Durban, we will be able to cancel a great deal of them. ActionAid's message is clear: let's fight hunger and climate change together.

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