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Oxfam International said climate change has set the planet on fire with millions already feeling the impacts.

Apollos Nwafor, Pan Africa Director of Oxfam International believes the faster governments embrace the renewable energy revolution and move to protect communities at risk, the more lives and livelihoods will be spared.

“A hotter Africa is a hungrier Africa. Today at only 1.1 degrees of warming globally, crops and livestock across the region are being hit and hunger is rising, with poor small scale women farmers, living in rural areas suffering the most. It only gets worse from here,” said Nwafor.

He said the damage to the planet and humanity would be exponentially worse and irreparable.

“None of this is inevitable. What gives us hope is that some of the poorest and lowest emitting countries are now leading the climate fight. We’ve moved from an era of ‘you first’ to ‘follow me’ – it’s time for the rich world to do just that.”

Oxfam calls for increased, responsible and accountable climate finance from rich countries to support small scale farmers, especially women to realize their right to food security and climate justice.

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