50,000 people took to the streets last week to demand action on climate change, and the government responded!
Read the letter direct to you from Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development, read our statement on what the government must do and follow the link at the end to send him your message on climate change.
Letter from Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, Secretary of State for International Development
On Saturday ActionAid supporters joined thousands of others in London, Glasgow and Belfast to make their voices heard as part of The Wave demonstrations. From the flash dancers to families - thank you! Your commitment and your concern is vital as the Copenhagen talks get underway.
European Development Ministers, including myself, are attending Copenhagen next week to specifically discuss the impact of climate change on the world's poorest people. I wanted to let you know why I will be going and what will be on my mind.
Along with the Prime Minister, my colleague Ed Miliband, and the rest of the government - we are hearing the clear voice of people around this country, and around the world, who want us to fight for an ambitious deal that works for the world's poorest people.
When I go to that meeting, I will be thinking of what I have seen for myself of the impact that climate change is having in the developing world. In Bangladesh I met families who have had their homes swept away by the rising waters. In Ethiopia, I met women who had been forced by drought to walk further each day to collect water until they were walking 5 hours simply to drink from a watering hole shared by people and animals alike.
These experiences have convinced me that one of the most critical issues for our discussions should be the additional financial support that the developed world must provide for poor countries. Climate change threatens to make poverty the future for millions. I believe that getting the right global deal on carbon and climate finance, could be more vital to tackling global poverty than even the Gleneagles summit of 2005.
That is why I will be going to Copenhagen, and why we as a government are working together for an ambitious, effective and fair deal.
PS I want to hear from you directly before I go to the summit - let me know your thoughts and advice by clicking here and sending me a message. Let me know what you think I should be saying to other European Ministers.