Helena Christensen calls for action on climate change
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The supermodel, who is a global ambassador for Oxfam, visited villages in the foothills of the Himalayas to see first hand the effect of floods and droughts on rural communities.

The Terai region is the most productive in Nepal but in recent years the area has suffered erratic weather patterns with more intense cold waves in the winter, followed by heavy burst of rain and lengthy droughts.

Thousands of families have been forced to leave their homes and crops have failed, meaning children suffer from malnutrition.

Ms Christensen, who has also visited Peru with Oxfam to see the effects of extreme weather, blamed man made global warming.

She warned that the problem could get worse unless the world finds a way to reduce the greenhouse gases that many believe are causing global warming.

“It's deeply frustrating that nothing has changed - it's like we are watching another groundhog day but the frightening reality is that this is costing thousands of lives now,” she said.

Ms Christensen also attended United Nations talks in Copenhagen at the end of last year, which ended without a global deal.

As ministers prepare to meet in Cancun, Mexico for the next round of climate change talks, she called for action to help poor people adapt the extreme weather events that are probably already caused by global warming.

Oxfam and other charities are calling for a global fund to be set up of at least $100 (£60) billion per annum by 2020 to help poor countries adapt to climate change. The money could be raised by taxes on shipping, aviation or carbon.

“In Cancun at the climate conference next week, Governments should not be allowed to once again avoid taking the decisions needed,” she said.

“Countries all over the world are drowning yet none of the powerful nations dare to be the first to throw in the lifesavers. They have to deliver real results that will get a climate deal back on track. Progress on a climate fund to help vulnerable people adapt to drastic weather changes is imperative and furthermore will restore trust in the negotiations.”

Photographs the supermodel's visits to Peru and Nepal will be exhibited during 2011 - 2012 in a number of locations around the world.

(Ref article the Telegraph newspaper Nov 2010)