“My name is Joe Ware, I’m the Church and Campaigns journalist at Christian Aid based in London. We’re all here to get the world on track to a low-carbon planet, one that will tackle climate change and its effects. It’s not just about bringing down emissions, it’s also about dealing with the effects that we’ve already created, and helping those communities that are suffering the consequences. After 21 attempts, we’re finally at a big meeting where we’re hopeful we are going to get an actual deal which will put us on that pathway. The most important thing is a political signal to the world that this is the direction we are going in. It’s already happening outside of this conference with investors and businesses and all sorts of exciting developments and we’re here to make sure that the politicians and the governments can actually get it written down on paper and make that signal concrete for the world to see.
Christian Aid is an anti-poverty charity that looks at the cause of poverty, climate change is a cause that we work on and we’re passionate about seeing it get fixed. We’re fortunate enough to have some very well qualified policy and advocacy staff working with us, and they engage in the process. We believe in tackling the structural causes of poverty. If we can get a good deal, it will make the lives of poor people better around the world.”