October 20, 2014 5:15 PM

MP for Cheadle, Mark Hunter, met Christian Aid partners from the Philippines and Bolivia, to hear first-hand what it is like to live with the reality of climate change and how it is affecting the world's poor most acutely.

Climate Change Voltaire Alferez Elizabeth Peredo

Mark Hunter MP meet with Voltaire Alferez and Elizabeth Peredo

Mark met Voltaire Alferez, who runs a group of organisations campaigning on climate change in the Philippines, and Elizabeth Peredo, Director of Fundación Solón which campaigns on climate change in Bolivia. The meetings were part of Christian Aid's Hunger for Justice weekend, which will see hundreds of events around the country aimed at raising awareness of the need for action to tackle climate change.

Commenting, Mark said:

'It was great to meet people from around the world who have to live face to face with a changing climate. Climate change is increasingly affecting new parts of the world but it is the world's poorest people who are suffering the most from it. The statistics are sobering enough but the problem is really brought to life when you meet someone who is living with it and can tell you their story. The Coalition Government must keep taking action to lower the UK's carbon emissions.'

Simon Kirkland, Christian Aid's Parliamentary Adviser, said:

"We were very glad that Mark took the time to meet Voltaire and Elizabeth. Climate change is a truly global problem with global causes and a global solution. In our ever more interconnected world it is important that our political leaders hear from the people that are affected by our actions.

"Emissions of greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide causes climate change and it was industrialised countries like those in Europe burning fossil fuels which has created much of the current problem. That's why Christian Aid is calling for the UK to push the EU to commit to at least a 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 when Heads of State meet on October 24, and then to work to push this further towards 50%.

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