Local Climate Stories
We’ve all heard about tragic stories caused by Ondoy, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Before Ondoy, the effects of climate change have already manifested all over the Philippines, especially in the rural areas. For poor people, climate change means losing their jobs, their homes, and their loved ones. Climate change or what we think is simply weird weather is making life harder for everyone, especially poor people.
“The effect of climate change to Lake Sebu has been tremendous. In the 70s, the climate here was cool and foggy. Now it’s hotter and just a little rain brings heavy flooding.” – Nenita Kiran, Lake Sebu, South Cotobato
Basilica Lorca lives in Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao, at the foot of the Allah Valley. She has experienced first-hand the adverse impact of climate change: the relentless flooding that besets her community. “We’ve lost a lot of money because of the constant floods. Since our farms have been destroyed, we don’t have anymore livelihoods,” says Basilica. She shares that mothers like her worry that even their children might one day be claimed by the heavy flooding.
Mothers like Nenita and Basilica are finding it harder to secure food for their families and to send their children to school because the produce from their farms – often their only source of livelihood – are flooded out even before they can be harvested. Because of climate change, weather patterns are harder to predict, thus affecting agricultural production.
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