Following the successful launch of Greenpeace's climate impacts documentary, in Durban last night, a member of the documentary ground team writes about her experience travelling to Mali for The Weather Gods:

An arid landscape shot from The Weather Gods documentary.

 

Gwelekoro may sound strange and far away ; yet, its story is so real, so close to us that you could identify yourself as a Gwelekorian too. 

As the years go by the future of this local community situated 60km south of Bamako in Mali has become uncertain. The rainy season has become unstable and the rainfall is either too little or too much to allow the farmers to harvest enough food for their family. This situation has been getting worse over the last five years and has meant that most of the time, these farmers have to sell their livestock and goods to feed their family. And without their livestock and goods, what does their future look like?

This year again, the farmers have already sold their goods for money. Their only hope for this rainy season is that the rainfall remains constant.

Yet, looking around this peaceful village, there are no coal-fired power stations, the main source of C02 emissions worldwide, causing massive climate change impacts around the world.

Greenhouse gases do not limit themselves to the biggest emitting countries (China and the USA), they cross borders and negatively affect the life of the Gwolekorian that I am, that you are, and that we all are in our hearts.

Thus, today, I am adding my voice to Kadja Samake’s to ask the worlds decision makers, that during the COP 17 in Durban, they should take urgent and responsible action that will help to produce enough sorghum to feed Gwelekorians both TODAY and in the FUTURE.