Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. But since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas. Burning fossil fuels generates greenhouse gas emissions that act like a blanket wrapped around the Earth, trapping the sun’s heat and raising temperatures.
Cultural Survival's Avexnim Cojti spoke with Joseph Itongwa (Babuluko) at COP26 about how his community is experiencing climate change in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Joseph Itongwa is currently the coordinator of a Member group of the ICCA Consortium: the Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems (REPALEF).
Produced by Avexnim Cojti (Maya Ki'che) and Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan)
Image: Joseph Itongwa (Babuluko Peoples)
Music "Anania2" by The Baba Project, used with permission.
"Burn your village to the ground", by The Halluci Nation, used with permission.