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ActionAid campaigners display photos of those worst affected by climate change outside the COP21 climate talks in Paris

Sophie, Ben and Judith are three of ActionAid’s Local Organisers – campaigners who give their time to fight locally for global change. This weekend, they’ve been at the COP21 UN climate talks in Paris, standing up for the world’s most vulnerable women and children. They tell us how it went:

Team ActionAid at the London Climate March, 29 November 2015.

Our top moments from the London Climate March

Posted in Blogs 3 years 2 months ago

Yesterday was a big day. Over 50,000 people hit the streets of London, and hundreds of thousands joined marches worldwide in the biggest climate mobilisation in history, to call for a strong deal at the Paris talks starting today. Team ActionAid was there, supported by over 300 people who marched in solidarity with the women and children hit hardest by climate change. Here are some highlights from a wonderful day of action.

Our rain triggered advert at Piccadilly Circus.

Standing in Piccadilly Circus yesterday, I cheered when I felt raindrops on my face. Odd behaviour for a Londoner with no umbrella or raincoat, maybe. But our new, unique rain-triggered advert, highlighting the devastating impact of climate change on the children of Bangladesh, had just appeared on one of the famous screens above my head. 

Commuters cross a river in Patuakhali, southern Bangladesh.

As the ferry I was travelling on chugged across the grey-green river in southern Bangladesh, my colleague pointed to a spot on my right. My gaze fell on a wooden cart. Upon it was a white, opaque plastic sack. “That’s the body of a child,” he told me.  “He drowned.”

Join ActionAid on the People's Climate March.

It’s not every day you get to join thousands of people to demand governments around the world take action on climate change. On the 29 November, join ActionAid on the People’s Climate March in London ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris. We’re marching for the world’s poorest women and children, who are already facing the devastating impacts of climate change.  Here are three reasons why you should join us:

Shubarna, 13, wants to become a doctor to help the people in her village along the North Channel in Faridpur.

Climate change and the child brides

Posted in Blogs 3 years 3 months ago

According to the UN, Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Women we are working with tell us that climate change is making things worse. Cyclones place huge pressure on already poor families. When parents struggle to feed their children, many feel compelled to give their daughters away in marriage.The women and girls we met in Bangladesh talk about the dangers they face and how ActionAid is supporting them to tackle them.