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Tearfund: Ethiopia

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Dear Peter,

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – where I live – climate change isn’t just a future threat. It’s a reality that is endangering the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable in my country.

Over the last few years, there’s been a big increase in both heavy rainfall and drought in different parts of the country. Flash floods have affected over a million people. Houses have been destroyed, livelihoods lost and public infrastructure damaged. In other places drought is forcing people to use unsafe water sources, which causes disease. 

My people are paying the price for climate change, which Ethiopia is not the primary contributor to.

Two weeks ago, we invited you to join in the new phase of our Reboot campaign, focusing on the climate crisis. Alongside The Climate Coalition, we’re calling on the UK government to lead the world in delivering a healthier, greener, fairer recovery from the pandemic, which limits warming to 1.5°C. 

Already, many Tearfund supporters have called on the UK government to seize this opportunity for action, which could transform millions of lives in countries like mine. Your voice is needed to make sure the message gets through and influences our leaders. Will you join in by signing The Climate Coalition’s declaration?

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The church also has a vital role to play. Join us this Thursday, 15 October, at 8pm for Reboot Live: an online event focused on the climate crisis and how the church can do something about it. Dr Ruth Valerio will host a conversation with a diverse panel of guests, exploring ways we can all pray and take action. Just click here when you’re ready to join on Thursday!

Every blessing, 

Ephraim Tsegay
Ethiopia Country Director, Tearfund
Tearfund Action equips and mobilises Christians in the UK to campaign on issues of justice through policy and lifestyle change. We are part of Renew Our World, a global movement of Christians calling for a more just and sustainable planet for all.
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Posted on 13 Oct 2020