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Now or Never: Climate change: time to get down to business

Now or Never: Climate change: time to get down to business

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Climate change affects poor people first and worst. It is a major obstacle to development and poverty alleviation, as well as a serious threat to business supply chains and markets in developing countries. Oxfam believes that companies can help to determine whether the world wins or loses the fight against climate changes. It cannot be a case of continuing development or adapting to climate change – without both, neither will happen. Climate change is a global problem, requiring a global solution. Oxfam has seen first-hand the impacts that climate change can have on poor people and action is urgent. We must keep the rise in global temperatures below 2 degrees. This means that emissions must peak and start to decline in the next decade; so we must act now to set the world on a low-carbon path. Coordinated international action is essential. Every business must join the fight against climate change. Companies large and small can take steps to ensure that they reduce their own contribution to climate change and encourage.
Climate change affects poor people first and worst. It is a major obstacle to development and poverty alleviation, as well as a serious threat to business supply chains and markets in developing countries. Oxfam believes that companies can help to determine whether the world wins or loses the fight against climate changes. It cannot be a case of continuing development or adapting to climate change – without both, neither will happen. Climate change is a global problem, requiring a global solution. Oxfam has seen first-hand the impacts that climate change can have on poor people and action is urgent. We must keep the rise in global temperatures below 2 degrees. This means that emissions must peak and start to decline in the next decade; so we must act now to set the world on a low-carbon path. Coordinated international action is essential. Every business must join the fight against climate change. Companies large and small can take steps to ensure that they reduce their own contribution to climate change and encourage.

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The business role: a call to actionThree steps to take nowChecklist or climate leadershipThe urgency or business action
No w or Ne ver 
Clima te change: time  to ge t do wn  to business
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International Edition
 
Why is Oxam talking about business and climate change? Because webelieve that companies can help to determine whether the world wins orloses the ght against climate change. The consequences could not bemore important – not only or millions o poor people around the world butalso or the health and stability o the global economy.Oxam’s ocus is on helping people to overcome poverty and make a betterlie or themselves. Many people ail to realise the impact that a changingenvironment is already having on poor people. Their livelihoods, homes, andood and water supplies are on a knie-edge, and even slight environmentalchanges can tip the balance. These impacts are already being elt, romextended droughts and climate variability across Arica to fooding in South Asia.Climate change poses a huge threat to poor people and their uturechances o development. Research commissioned by Oxam showsthat, by 2015, the number o people aected by climate-related naturaldisasters could grow by more than 50 per cent to more than 375 millionpeople a year. Although urther climate change is already inevitable, we canprevent catastrophic climate crisis i we all work together– governments,businesses, and individuals alike.Oxam is working with people living in poverty to respond and adapt to theimpacts o climate change through its humanitarian and development work. And Oxam is campaigning or a air and eective global deal at the UNclimate-change conerence in Copenhagen in December 2009.We welcome the commitment o business to ght climate change, withoutwhich such a deal would be impossibleJeremy HobbsExecutive Director, Oxam International
 
Highlights
Climate change affects poor people rst and worst. It is a major obstacle to
development and poverty alleviation, as well as a serious threat to businesssupply chains and markets in developing countries
.
Business must play a leading role in
the ght against climate change. Oxfam
is calling on companies to take thefollowing steps:
Ask governments to act.
Lobbylouder and harder for world leadersto set ambitious emissions-reduction targets and to provide
sufcient nancing to enable poorer 
countries to mitigate and adapt to climatechange. Companies can:
Sign up to business calls for action at
Copenhagen.
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Ask politicians for ambitious emissions-reduction targets and adequate nance for 
developing countries.
Get the CEO to call for a strong deal inCopenhagen when speaking in public or to
the press.
Get employees and customers to register 
support for climate action.In return, governments will establish
policies that set out a clear frameworkfor emissions reductions; open markets
for new technologies; create certainty for investment in a low-carbon economy; anddetermine carbon prices.
Business actioncan generateopportunitiesand stimulatethe economy  while buildingsupply-chainresilienceand reducingimpacts on poor people.
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Cut absolute emissions.
Ensure that less greenhouse gasemissions are being releasedinto the atmosphere overall,regardless of company expansion, whilealso addressing ‘indirect’ emissions fromthe company’s supply chain. Companies can:
Set, plan for, and report on ambitious
absolute emissions-reduction targets.
Estimate and start to tackle indirectemissions and promote energy efciency
in supply chains.
Host conferences promoting the
company’s climate policies and explainingthe business case for emissionsreductions.By doing so, companies can reduce their own contribution to climate change evenas they prosper and grow.
Develop technologies andproducts that will help people
to adapt.
Drought-tolerant crops,
new ood-defence systems,
and weather-related insurance productscan help developing countries to copewith climate change, provided they have
access to these technologies exibly and
affordably. Companies can:
Develop technologies and products thatwill help people to adapt – and make sure
that developing-country employees andsuppliers are prepared for climate change.
Ensure that their use of scarce resources
in developing countries – such as water 
and energy – do not conict with the
needs of local communities.
These actions can generate businessopportunities and stimulate the economy,while building supply-chain resilience
and reducing impacts on poor people.
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