London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 13, 2009 -- Failing to reduce the UK`s carbon footprint will hit the poorest Britons hardest, according to a coalition led by Oxfam. The group`s Tackling Climate Change, Reducing Poverty report indicates that energy inefficiencies and higher food prices will be costlier for the poor. Meanwhile, reduced access to healthcare would make the less well-off more vulnerable to rising global temperatures. Andrew Simms, policy director of New Economics Foundation (NEF), explained that the government needs to confront `poverty and global warming together` to prevent climate change hitting the poor.
He said: `Direct hits from climate upheaval will exacerbate existing problems with health and poor housing, and introduce new ones.` Mr Simms added that a new approach that `creates jobs, makes better homes as well as healthier food and better transport systems, provides a historic opportunity to solve long-standing and deeply entrenched problems of poverty and social injustice`. The NEF is a coalition of different organisations, including Friends of the Earth and the Royal College of Nursing