Caroline Flint congratulated young CAFOD Ambassadors at the launch of One Climate One World campaign hosted by The McAuley Catholic High School this week.
Ms Flint, who is the Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, heard from six ambassadors about the threat of climate change to both the UK and to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.
Backing the campaign to secure a strong climate agreement in Paris in 2015, Ms Flint told the audience, that glaciers and ice sheets covered a tenth of the world's land area, and held 75% of the world's water reserves.
The MP warned: "The Climate Institute report that in the past century, 80% of Mount Kilimanjaro’s glacial ice has disappeared. If this continues, its glaciers will have disappeared within a decade.
Campaigners heard that as ice sheets and glaciers recede, so more of the sun’s rays may be absorbed by our planet surface, warming it still further.
"Those communities that rely on run off from glaciers every spring, water that irrigates crops, and produces energy, in large areas of south America and Central Asia will be threatened by water shortages as the great glaciers retreat. And as sea level rises, over 600 million people in coastal areas that are less than 10 meters above sea level, and two-thirds of the world’s cities that have populations over five million, face increased risk of flooding, made worse by climatic instability."
The McCauley CAFOD Ambassadors have promised to take their campaign to Parliament.