Britain's commitment to climate aid is immoral
The decision by the Conservative government to spend 50% more on so-called "climate aid" is a feel-good policy that does little for the world’s poorest or the planet. It is part of an indefensible international movement towards ever greater chunk of aid going towards climate.
The money – £5.8 billion – is to be diverted from the United Kingdom’s overseas aid budget to its International Climate Fund over the next five years.
In a world where malnourishment continues to claim at least 1.4 million children’s lives, 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty, and 2.6 billion lack clean drinking water and sanitation, diverting scarce resources from aid that address these obvious challenges to climate policies is not only wasteful; it is immoral.