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June 12, 2016

El Niño and Climate Change: Stop The Hunger

type: Donation, NGO, Petition
by: Deniz Zehra Tavli

In 2016 around 60 million people will be affected by El Niño in East and Southern Africa, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the UN’s humanitarian agency. The effects of El Niño have combined with existing droughts to make this year the hardest for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. 

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures of the Pacific Ocean. This phenomenon can change weather systems and consequently growing seasons around the globe. In already the hottest-ever recorded year, the “Super” El Niño of 2015/16 became one of the strongest ever. Super-charged by climate change, it’s bringing droughts, flooding and ruining harvests around the world.

In the worst affected countries, people go to bed with empty stomachs work their land or go to school with the gnawing pain of hunger; they walk or cycle for miles to try to find food. Pastoralists and small scale farmers are facing the same problems everywhere; their crops are failing and their animals are dying. Food insecurity is forcing people to cut down on the quantity and variety of the food that they eat, leading to malnutrition.

Oxfam is helping families to become more resilient to the devastating effects of climate change and El Niño, but more needs to be done. Support Oxfam and call on world leaders to release the cash urgently needed to save lives now and in the future!