Climate change affects people. A majority of the poor and vulnerable communities around the world have been hit hard by its effects. Agricultural societies have experienced first-hand, how changing weather patterns and extreme weather has unfairly affected their lives.
From the shores of the Indian Ocean in Lindi, Tanzania to the Gulf Coast and Alaska in the Pacific Ocean. Climate change has affected fish distribution and the productivity of marine and freshwater species.
From the rice farming communities in Rangpur and Sylhet, Bangladesh to Vegetable Farmers in Kingolwira, Morogoro Tanzania, climate change has diversely affected the productivity due to unpredictable weather conditions, drying of rivers and outbreak pests, hence decreasing productivity and potential yields for their livelihoods.
Climate Change is highly contributed by human actions and here are some facts that you should know:
1. Nearly 1 million hectares lost.An area of coastal ecosystems larger than New York City is destroyed every year, removing an important buffer from extreme weather for coastal communities and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
2. 800 million people, eleven percent of the world’s population is currently vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and sea-level rise.
3. Coastal ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems are critical. Just 0.7% of the world’s forests are coastal mangroves, y et they store up to 10 times as much carbon per hectare as tropical forests.
FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE, STAND UP FOR NATURE
Help protect nature — for the health of the planet, for humanity and for future generations.
Dennis Ruhinda, Sokoine University Of Agriculture & CYNESA Tanzania Core team member.