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Film Screening 15th Feb 2024.

On the afternoon of Friday, February 15, 2024, 12 young leaders gathered in Nairobi to watch and reflect on thought-provoking documentaries about  climate change, its mitigation and adaptation measures in various parts of the world. From melting glaciers to rising sea levels, the topics could not be more relevant. The participants watched the documentaries and shared their insights and solutions relevant to their communities.

Here are some reflections and action points from our participants. Sharp insights were Shared by Gatyiel Wal Chan, a science student at Mount Kenya University.

Tourism: According to the documentary on melting glaciers in the alps, the tourism sector—, a thriving source of livelihood and recreation , has been impacted subsequently affecting the socio-economic status of communities dependent on alpine tourism

A similar scenario is evident in Fangak County, located in the northeastern part of South Sudan. Fangak county is located on a small island, which has been perpetually flooded and caused communities to lose their livelihoods and possessions over the last four years. Families continue to grapple with severe hunger and  crocodile-infested waters —a situation that deprives them of farmland areas and exacerbates poverty.

Poverty exacerbates climate change impacts : Gatyiel emphasized that low-income countries and communities face even greater challenges in dealing with the impacts of climate change. The audience recounted watching a documentary about local Vietnamese individuals who found themselves unable to abandon the seashore, despite repeatedly losing their land to rising sea levels. It was noted that poor families or communities might find it impossible to relocate to higher ground due to limited resources available to them for rebuilding their lives.

Localization of global solutions: Climate change is a global threat prompting a global conversation, but there is a need for local communities  to be aware and sensitized about the solutions possible to build resilience and implement the proposed solutions on their own thereby translating global conversations into actionable solutions at the local level.  The societies, especially the local communities, need to be educated and made aware of this global conversation according to the participants. 

Effective policies: Governments have policies in place, yet most of them are not effectively implemented. To enhance the efficacy of these policies, leaders must customize them to suit their specific contexts and situations. Additionally, leaders should collaborate closely with local communities to ensure the successful implementation of these policies.

This is a link to a short clip and photos of the event.


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