Paul Cook, Tearfund

Cook tells Climate Home that Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency working with 300-400 vulnerable communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America who are experiencing the direct impacts of climate change. He explains how Tearfund and their supporter’s faith are central to motivating them in their work. Cook believes engaging supporters in the UK through a groundswell of bottom up opinion can bring huge pressure onto global leaders. Cook emphasises the need for a strong climate deal through a personal story of meeting a Bangladeshi lady Arundat who had been flooded out of her home by sea level rise 4 times. She said ‘we don’t need your help, we can develop by ourselves, we just need solid ground.’ For Cook a strong climate deal is one that locks in a temperature limit to 1.5 degrees, 100% renewable energy by 2050 and a ratchet mechanism so we can get there. Finally there needs to be strong climate finance to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable people have the capacity to adapt.