Video: Interview with Environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey on Climate Change-Fueled Droughts
The world is currently experiencing drought on 5 continents. 2016 continues to break global temperature records and water wells around the world are drying up. India and large parts of Venezuela have been undergoing drought for 3 to 5 consecutive years. Parts of Africa have also been hit hard. The Kenyan government announced on Wednesday that it would be shutting down refugee camps near its border with Somalia, where according to the United Nation reports severe drought has effected nearly 1 million people, where close to 1 in 12 are unable to meet their food requirements.
Tens of thousands of people have fled the country to the refugee camps in Kenya. In southern Africa, Lesotho, Milowai, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe are teetering on the brink and have declared droughts a national disaster. Further north in Ethiopia where they are also in the middle of a political unrest, more than 36 million people are threatened by food insecurity.
On to discuss all of this Nnimmo Bassey. Nnimmo Bassey is a Nigerian architect, environmental activist, author, and poet. He chaired Friends of the Earth International from 2008 through 2012 and was executive director of Environment Rights Action for 2 decades.
Watch the full video below.
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