An aid charity has chosen Swaffham to launch its drive for more to be done to halt the effects of climate change in some of the world’s poorest areas.
The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) wants politicians to tahe the issue, and the impact it can have on communities, more seriously.
And a conference held at the Green Britain Centre last Wednesday heard from Antony Mbandi, director of Caritas Kitui, a charity partner of CAFOD in Kenya, on how weather extremes are already being felt.
He told delegates: “We are getting more and more frequent floods and sometimes the rains just don’t come at all.
“We are trying to do all we can to make people more resilient by helping to fight against the destruction of climate change.”
But he argues that better infrastructure, such as subsurface dams which can be used to collect rain water, can help to mitigate the problem.
Stephen Matthews, CAFOD’s East Anglia manager, said: “We were privileged to have Antony in Swaffham to give us a clear idea of how climate change is affecting efforts to reduce poverty and to start a discussion about what people here can do to prevent climate change increasingly impacting the UK and pushing people overseas deeper into poverty.”