CHRISTIAN AID Climate change is happening and we can’t ignore its effects any longer!
For fisherfolk like Lope and Eva in the Philippines, life at the sharp end of climate change has pushed their communities to the edge of survival.
Since Super Typhoon Haiyan pounded their island of Tabugon in 2013, fisherfolk like Lope and Eva have been showing us what it means to rise up to the challenges of life in a changing, erratic climate.
Before Haiyan struck, Lope had been unwell, at one point selling his fishing boat to pay for medicine.
With no other means of income, one of his 2 sons had to drop out of school to help provide for the family. Life for the family was “miserable”, he told us.
And although he is in better health, and his income is now more stable, the weather makes fishing and supporting his family much more dangerous.
In 2015, Lope began campaigning against destructive illegal fishing, and is proud to lead his community. And now with coral safely anchored and flourishing once more, fish stocks are abundant again—and illegal fishermen are kept away.
Lope and Eva and their community can eat well and keep their children in education.
You can also be a force to be listened to. Together, we can rise up against climate change, and help achieve climate justice. Christian Aid, through their partner in the region, ICODE, helped Lope and many others. You can add your support through your prayers, actions and donations in the Christian Aid envelopes supplied.