Climate Change in Ethiopia: Six Personal Perspectives

Scratching out a living in a homeland once hospitable to farming and grazing, Ethiopians say climate change is real. Their searing question: How will we feed our children?

Rain has all but ceased. When it does come, it’s often too little, too late, too early, or too much too soon. Generations of knowledge about when and what to plant no longer applies.

In Ethiopia, communities are learning ways to cope through a CRS-led project working with the Hararghe Catholic Secretariat in Oromia State. It’s funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

In the following posts, six people living under these harsh conditions discuss their hopes and expectations for the future. They represent millions of people around the world whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by climate change.

Akuri Worku: “We have to teach the next generation—my child—the knowledge of how we can address climate change.”
Fatuma Ali Sali: “We’ve seen the impact of climate change harm our lives time and time again. The problem of drought has been getting more and more serious over the last 20 years.” Alemayehn Ayele: “I hope the project will result in greater awareness of climate change, and that there will be no more dependency on external support.”
Serif Lulseged: “Climate change has changed the way we’re cultivating our crops. It’s different now. For example, this month we’re going to plant because of the early rain. But it suddenly stopped, so our crop may fail.” Martha Simon: “We lack productivity because of the shortage of rainfall.”
Idris Tuna: “We depend on a single source of water: rain. If there’s no rain, there’s no hope. I’m very worried. It worries me more than anything else.”

All photos by Kim Pozniak/CRS

Kim Pozniak is a CRS communications officer covering sub-Saharan Africa and global emergencies. She is based in Baltimore, Maryland.

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One Response to “Climate Change in Ethiopia: Six Personal Perspectives”

  1. Anthony +Di Russo Says:

    you should be aware of Alan Savory and the Savory Institute. He has had success on five continents re-greening the desert.

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