Counting on … day 1.081

24th March 2023

The climate crisis and its effects on people and nations needs a redistribution of resources to ensure justice as well as being an expression of loving our neighbour. We often rely on governments as the largest holders of wealth to address this but the response can be patchy.

“Last month, Nick Hepworth, executive director of Water Witness International, criticised the British government for slashing its contribution to the £90m Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters programme, known as BRACC in Malawi, as part of the UK’s 2021 cut to the aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of GDP.” Guardian 

“In April, the UN had received only 3% of funds for its $6bn appeal for Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan. Danny Sriskandarajah, chief executive of Oxfam GB, said the current crisis was partly due to the British government’s “compassion failure” and decision to slash the overseas aid budget by £4.6bn last year (2022) According to the [last year’s] IPC assessment for Somalia, an estimated 1.5 million under-fives face acute malnutrition by the end of the year, including 386,400 who are likely to be severely malnourished. Those numbers are only expected to go up.” Guardian

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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