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October 20th, 2010 by Martin John Nicholls of Christian Aid

On the 20th October this year, thousands of Christian Aid supporters from churches all over the UK, made their way to London to lobby their MPs. Not on domestic matters, but on an issue that will affect the whole world and its people.

Climate Change.

Why would they do such a thing? Well, because they know that the poorest people are already suffering starvation, drought, floods and cyclones as a direct result of the changing climate but having made no contribution themselves to the carbon emissions believed to have caused the changes.

And that’s simply not fair.

In the worst affected countries they call it climate chaos. Farmers sow their only precious seeds as they have always done, praying for the rain that doesn’t come. Or when it does, it rains for months and washes away their seeds, their topsoil, and with it their whole life and investment. They are left with nothing. It is chaos. They cannot depend on the weather any more and have no resources or insurance to bail them out.

In Kenya the drought season used to come every 9 years. Now its every 3 years and it is killing crops and livestock at an alarming rate.

It is estimated that up to three billion people – one-third of the world’s population – could lose their access to clean water as a result of climate chaos. And it’s not their fault.

So on 20th of the 10th 2010 our supporters were in London to put pressure on our government and the world leaders to tackle climate change – not just for themselves but for the world’s poorest people.

As someone said recently: “Forget about making poverty history, Climate Change will make poverty permanent.”

These brave campaigners are not well meaning placard wavers.  They are knowledgeable, wise, and compassionate.  They are part of a global campaign in over 40 countries across the world.

More than that, they are prophets in the truest sense. Following the example of the Old Testament Prophets, these brave souls are willing to show the world as it really is, show the world as it could – God’s intention for his creation, and to then be the instruments of change. Speaking out when everyone else is silent.  I’m glad they are because there’s no Planet B.

Martin John Nicholls, Christian Aid south-west regional manager, made this contribution to ‘Thought for the Day’ on BBC Radio Guernsey.

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