UK Government Pledges £3bn of Aid for Climate Change
The UK has pledged three billion of funding to tackle the problem of climate change across developing countries. A range of projects is being progressed, which include initiatives for greener farming of cattle in South America to help save the rainforest and wind turbine builds in Africa. Greg Barker, the minister for climate change, says that the UK's economy is well placed to benefit from the world's investment in renewables. He described the aid as providing ‘value for money and said that it will help to prevent further ‘failed' states, which result through dangerous levels of climate change.
The UK is the first developed nation to publicly commit its climate aid funds to help poorer countries to help mitigate the problems of rising climate change, such as droughts and floods. The government believes that without this action, climate change could provide seriously aggravating factors in countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia and threaten their stability. A further £21 million of aid has also been pledged for improved water resources and management schemes for over eighteen million of the world's poorest people, much to the approval of charities and other not for profit organisations working in the field.
A range of projects
The British Government will also be giving Columbian government officials £15 million to help their efforts towards low-carbon agriculture and reduce the levels of greenhouse gas emissions which otherwise occur through ranching. This will help to save the rainforest and improve the livelihoods of the farmers that work on the land. The British government hopes that this action will help to drive forward action from other developed nations and see the rich countries that pledged £6 billion of annual funding in Copenhagen's 2009 talks see through their promises and start dealing with the impact of escalating climate change.