Climate orphans – urgency, action, innovation, and our human community.

Spiritual activist and teacher Eileen Flanagan recently posted an important article and video from Ncholas Kristof, but she had an important prologue — based on her own experience living and working and talking with friends in Africa.  She’s given us permission to repost here.  Check out her upcoming web course!  

EileenFlanagan.jpgI always hesitate to post images that reinforce stereotypes about Africa. The truth is that African farmers have been leading the way in climate adaptation for decades, changing the way they plant crops to adapt to less rainfall, while western politicians debate whether climate change is real and human-made. [Lesotho, Nile, keyhole how-to] Last year at the Paris Climate Summit, I spoke to Africans who are both savvy about world politics–and the injustice of larger economies dragging their feet– while also courageously pushing for bolder action on renewables within their own countries. So this video represents only one African reality, but it is an important and tragic one. It’s also the reality that made me take up climate justice as a calling, especially being the descendent of famine survivors myself. This is why we can’t just wait four years or rely on phone calls to our fossil-fuel-funded politicians. We need courageous action here! The good news is that moving to solar here could also create jobs in the US neighborhoods that need them most, so it’s good for justice all the way around. It’s clear the Federal government is not going to solve this for us. It’s up to us.

The article and video from NIcholas Kristof are at the New York Times.

Other friends have posted and shared this as well.  Over at Beloved Planet [a specifically Christian faith-and-climate blog], the post on this article includes these two paragraphs:

“So, meet two little boys, Fokandraza and Foriavi, among the millions now dubbed “climate orphans” – their parents having left long ago to find work and money in desperate hopes of feeding the family. They live with their aunt, who can’t afford to feed her own children, let alone Fokandraza and Foriavi.

…Remember their names: Fokandraza and Foriavi. We will certainly hear them again, when the Son of Man comes again in his glory. “What you did for Fokandraza and Foriavi, you did for me. And what you did not do for them, you did not do for me.” (Adapted from Matthew 25: 31-46)”