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Christian duty to look after the world, says campaigner

by Hannah Tooley

"There's been quite a lot of generations who've not been aware of climate issues that has affected us over the past couple of decades.

"And for the young people to start engaging with us now is important, because they're the future."

Seven days since the start of the COP21 climate change talks in Paris leaders are focussing on how to feed the world sustainably without further impacting water scarcity, and ecosystem and biodiversity loss.

Henry Makiwa from World Vision told Premier African leaders want to look at farming and Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho has told world leaders gathering in Paris to negotiate a new climate deal that they ought to consider the needs of African farmers "who bear most of the brunt of the effect of climate change."

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Prince Seeiso said there are real fears of what climate change will do for African agriculture and demanded that the global negotiations put agriculture firmly on the climate change agenda.

He argued that climate smart initiatives such as conservation farming, water harvesting will not only help farmers cope with extreme weather but also ensure they curb carbon emissions.

Silvia Holten, the World Vision spokesperson said: "Forests are especially important for the most vulnerable people in the poorest countries of the world, since they provide them with a wide variety of food. Children are healthier and better nourished, when there are forests offering fruits and berries."

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"At world Vision we have seen our FMNR projects work so well in Ethiopia and various other places around the world. In the region of Humbo for example, thirteen natural water springs have sprout back to life again and deliver clean drinking water.

"The river of the region has water all year round. Additionally, the newly created forest supplies families and their children with firewood, high-quality fodder for their animals, wild fruits and meat."

French President Francois Hollande encouraged mayors of the world to get involved in fighting climate change and praised those who are already setting an example with low-emission buildings and public transport policies: "No region in the world can feel protected from climate disorder."

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak to Henry Makiwa here:

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