We're more powerful when we work together.

That's why ahead of the UN climate talks in Glasgow in November 2021 (COP26), Quakers in Britain teamed up with a group of charities and campaigners under the banner 'Make Polluters Pay' to call for finance for communities at the sharp end of climate breakdown.

We urgently need a new international fund for climate-induced loss and damage. Communities who did nothing to contribute to climate breakdown are currently paying the price, while wealthy countries and fossil fuel corporations carry on polluting. It's high time polluters picked up the bill.

Find out more about Make Polluters Pay (offsite link) coalition campaign. You can also scroll down to find out more about our work on the campaign.

About the campaign

    What is loss and damage?

    Loss and damage caused by climate breakdown is a present reality for people around the world, and it is getting worse every year. For people in the global majority, extreme weather events (hurricanes, wildfires, flooding) and slow onset events (rising sea levels, desertification) are destroying lives, livelihoods and biodiversity.

    Despite being recognised in the Paris Agreement, there has been no progress on where money to pay for loss and damage should come from. It's a priority for countries most vulnerable to climate breakdown, and it's fundamental to climate justice. At COP26, countries representing 85% of the world's population put forward a proposal for a new loss and damage financing facility. This was rejected, but it's the closest we have ever come – and we must keep up the pressure.

    Quaker work on loss and damage is about placing justice and equality at the head of our climate action. Whether you consider it solidarity, compensation, or reparations, we know hundreds of billions a year are needed – and that money must come from those who caused the crisis.

    As part of the interfaith group Make COP Count, we have put together some talking points to help you talk to others about loss and damage.

    What's the plan?

    Thursday 22 September is Loss and Damage Action Day – an international day to stand in solidarity with those living with the worst impacts of climate breakdown, and to call on wealthy countries and fossil fuel corporations to pay up for this loss and damage they continue to knowingly cause. Join us and other faith communities around the UK as we engage in prayer, reflection and action to mark the day! Take a look below to find out some of the ways you can do this.

    To help increase awareness of and understanding about loss and damage, we have also been working on an exciting new project: a photo exhibition that tells the story of loss and damage through words and photos from around the world. We want the exhibition to be something that community groups across the UK can order and display locally, so we've been working on translating the exhibition into mailable exhibition packs. These should be available in September 2022. Go to the Make Polluters Pay website (offsite link) and subscribe to our Make Polluters Pay mailing list to be the first to hear!

    How can I get involved?

    With Make Polluters Pay (offsite link) and Make COP Count (offsite link), we are inviting you to join us in six actions between now and 22 September 2022.

    Actions to take at any time:

    On Loss and Damage Action Day, 22 September:

    • Join Green Christian's morning prayer event – register here (offsite link).
    • Join Make Polluters Pay's social media action – follow @MakePolluterPay and @FFTCnetwork for details.
    • Hold a vigil for loss and damage. This is a powerful way to publicly show solidarity with those at the sharp end of climate breakdown. Our guide to holding an interfaith vigil can also be found on the Make COP Count website (offsite link), along with more resources including a leaflet to hand out and placards to display. We also plan to organise a vigil in central London – sign up to our newsletter (tick 'Climate justice') for further details.

    Featured blog

    Why we’re calling for polluters to pay for the damage they cause

    22 September 2021 by Olivia Hanks

    Olivia Hanks explains why finance for loss and damage is a key part of COP26 negotiations.