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Huhne a strong champion of climate action, says Christian Aid

February 03 2012 - Former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne championed the need for strong action to counter global warming in the face of a lack of support from some of his Cabinet colleagues, Christian Aid said last night.

It called on his successor to the post, Business Minister Ed Davey, to show the same level of commitment to curbing the carbon emissions that cause climate change.

Christian Aid senior policy adviser Sol Oyuela said: ‘Chris Huhne was prepared to make himself unpopular with some of his colleagues in his insistence that firm action is needed.

‘He brought valuable influence to bear to prevent the UN’s climate summit in Durban from turning into a complete debacle. That was a considerable achievement.

‘We hope his successor builds on this legacy and continues to play a leadership role in the international climate discussions. The stakes are simply too high for all us, especially people living in the world’s poorest countries, for carbon emissions to continue unabated.’

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1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

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