“Climate Change Has No Borders”
On 12. March 2020, an international group at KURVE Wustrow showed at Lüchow marketplace, that climate change affects us all around the globe.
“Corona virus is currently pushing climate change out of the headlines. But dealing with the virus could certainly encourage new insights into climate change” says Hannah Kraus, participant of the “Campaining for Nonviolent Change” training currently taking place at KURVE Wustrow. Hannah Kraus continues: “For one thing, some restrictions – video conferences instead of flights from Stuttgart to Berlin, for example – may not seem as cumbersome as they did a few weeks ago. On the other hand, the virus offers a true-to-life analogy to climate change as a global challenge that does not stop at national borders. Climate change should spur us people all over the world to work together in solidarity to find solutions”.
Because they understand climate change as a phenomenon that affects people and the environment around the world, the participants of the training decided to set a sign for the fight against climate change and for global solidarity. To this end, the participants of the international training went to the marketplace in Lüchow on Thursday and illustrated the manifold effects of climate change on their respective countries of origin.
Given the very mild winters of recent years, it is hard to imagine, especially for younger people, that thirty years ago people still skated on the frozen Elbe river in the Wendland, Northern Germany. But the effects of climate change are even more drastically felt in the Global South. Poontharannie Maria, for example, reports that India has been affected by extreme drought, particularly in the last ten years. More than 45 percent of the country is considered dry, with enormous negative effects on Indian agriculture. In Myanmar, however, the consequences of climate change are being felt through floods and landslides. According to Ei Kyaw Phyo, about 200,000 people had to leave their homes as a result of these natural disasters last year alone.
Maria Selene Clemente explains the extent to which the “extraordinary” has now become a kind of “normality” in Italy as well: “In 2019, more than 1500 natural disasters were registered in Italy that can be attributed to climate change. Just 10 years ago, only 213 events of this kind were recorded”.
“Climate change is also human made. Industrialisation and war add to it, and at the same time people suffering from war and poverty are doubly affected by it”, adds Abdullah Mansoor from Pakistan.
Whether forest fires in Europe, water shortages and extreme drought in India, plagues of locusts in East Africa and Pakistan or floods in Myanmar: climate change knows no borders.
And all of us carry the responsibility to limit it on the political, structural and personal level.
Be it Corona or climate change: Don’t let these challenges divide us but take it as an opportunity to work together.
Don`t panic – Organise!
If you want to know more or get active: Please contact Joel Campe: jcampe(at)kurvewustrow.org