Climate Change and Poverty

Kenya, 2007
Kenya, 2007

“The impact of climate change will fall disproportionately on the world’s poorest countries….Poor people already live on the frontlines of pollution, disaster and the degradation of resources and land. For them, adaptation is a matter of sheer survival” Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

We passed many of these charcoal sellers on the side of the road during our trip to Kenya in 2007. Women, with no other way of earning an income, would walk far into the bush and collect wood. They would then arrange it in a pit and burn it slowly, covered with soil. This makes the wood lighter to carry and quicker to set alight when used in cooking fires. They would then stay with their bag of charcoal until they could sell it, often to passing safari travellers, before they walked home again. The irony is, that by burning the wood, they are destroying habitat for the animals that the safari tourists are coming to see, and without the animals and therefor the tourists, many would not make a living.

By supporting these women in small business (perhaps with a sewing machine, art materials or a solar cooker) we can improve the lives of whole families and contribute to the solution to environmental degradation.

Watch this YouTube video “The Girl Effect– the powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate in their society. “]

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